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Cat Saves Family From Rattlesnake

Cat Saves Family From Rattlesnake

(Screengrab of Youtube post/@Inside Edition)

By    |   Monday, 04 December 2017 01:48 PM

A cat saved a family from a rattlesnake that made its way into their yard in Leesburg, Florida.

Oreo, the pet cat of the Peterson family for about a year, went into protection mode last weekend when children playing outside spotted a diamondback rattlesnake in their yard, WKMG-TV reported.

Eastern diamondback rattlesnakes are the largest venomous snakes in North America and live typically live in the dry, pine flatwoods, sandy woodlands, and coastal scrub habitats from southern North Carolina to Florida and west to Louisiana, according to National Geographic.

As the children made their way to safety inside, Oreo fought off the snake, according to the children's grandmother Cyndi Anderson, per WKMG-TV.

"To be honest with you, I think he was protecting the people of the home because that's just the kind of cat he is," Anderson told the television station.

Oreo, though, was bitten by the snake.

Jaiden Peterson, 10, told "Inside Edition" that the family became worried about Oreo's injury.

"His leg was swollen. It was like his whole entire leg from here and there, and he was bleeding."

Veterinary technician Dana Lowe told Inside Edition it was unusual to see cats with snake bites.

"We do see it with dogs a little more often that get bit," Lowe said.

In October, for example, Cole Lewis and his family in Lancaster, California told KABC-TV that their dog Nala fought off a rattlesnake while walking in their neighborhood.

"She waited until we were safe. She stood her ground. She didn't like whimper or anything when she got bit," Cole told KABC-TV. "She saved my life, and I just want to hang out with her now because she's my hero."

The family told the television station that Nala survived but her vet medical bills ran up to $4,000.

Numerous people on social media celebrated and shared Oreo's story on social media.

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