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The family hears a terrible whining in the middle of the night. When they go out onto the porch, they can hardly believe their eyes

In Sebekapur in the Gajapati region of Odisha, east India, a Doberman was buried with great honor after he sacrificed his life to save his family.

The dog had only lived with the family for a short time and they hadn’t yet settled on a name for him. So his owners were doubly surprised when he bravely stood up against four mountain cobras that tried to enter their home.

It happened in the middle of the night. The owners were awoken by the dog’s loud barking and whining. When they stepped out onto the porch to see what was the matter, they saw the dog fighting the snakes. The sidewalk was stained with blood.

The dog fearlessly launched himself at the snakes, battling them one by one until he had vanquished the lot of them. But the battle had taken its toll. After a few minutes, the venom from the countless bites he had suffered overwhelmed the brave canine and he could stand no longer. His family could only look on in heartbreak as he took his last breath.

His owner Dibakar Raita was profoundly touched by the dog’s heroic action. “I’m shocked. He has made the supreme sacrifice for me and my family. I will remember him till our death,” he said. When word spread of the dog’s courageous deed, villagers from all over the region came to pay tribute to him, laying floral wreaths on his body.

He had only been part of the family for a short while but he truly was their best friend. What a brave dog!

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