South African man saved from a deadly snake behind his couch by his dog.

Sara B
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Have you ever seen your dog barking at the corners of your house or even outside, and you think, what is he barking at now? Of course, as dog owners, we assume the dog is chasing a squirrel; however, sometimes they save your life, such as in the case in Escombe, Queensburgh, South Africa.

According to the owner of the Rottweiler, the dog had reportedly been barking at the couch and would not allow his owner to sit on the sofa for two days. Finally, after this was a repeated pattern and the owner wanted to figure out what his dog was barking at, he decided to take a look. What he found was terrifying.

According to the Facebook post made by the snake catcher, Nick Evans, stating:

"A man in Escombe, Queensburgh, thought it was strange that his Rottweiler was pushing him away from his couch, which he sits on every afternoon. After two days of this behavior, he noticed the dog barking at the back of the couch. He moved the couch, and there was a black mamba! In that moment, with the snake now more exposed, the Rottweiler ran in to attack this creature it saw as a threat. The homeowner grabbed the large dog as it ran past, just in time, and dragged it inside.," wrote Evans.

Black mambas are fast, lethally venomous, and, when threatened, highly aggressive and one of the world's deadliest snakes; however, they mostly prefer to escape and hide. The snake can grow up to 14 feet long, as well as one of the fastest snakes in the world, recorded at 12.5 miles per hour.

Typically they are found in the savannas and rocky hills of southern and eastern Africa. The venom of the black mamba can be fatal, and if the antivenom is not administered within 20 minutes, the victim can die. Yet it depends on how much venom was issued with the snake's bite.

It makes you think twice about when your dog barks at something you believe is ¨nothing¨. Fortunately, the man and dog are safe, and according to Evans:

"The way this gentleman in Escombe reacted was exactly how one should react if a snake is encountered, and if you have dogs. NEVER let your dog out to kill a snake for you, it often ends badly for the dog too," Evans wrote in the post. "Unfortunately, dogs do usually find the snake before their owners, and many of the times it's too late to do anything."
"A happy ending for everyone! It was nice to see the love the family had for their dog, which clearly loved them back. Steering the owner away from danger...amazing."

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