18-year-old Elske Strauss, a teenager in South Africa, did whatever it took and even fought off an 18 foot python to save her beloved dachshund, Lilly.
It all started at the family farmhouse and when Elske heard Lilly whining. She ran out and saw a python had gotten a hold of Lilly. They were in the stream that flows past the house.
Elske said, “The giant python’s body was already curled around my dog, four times. Lilly’s head was inside its jaws, and the reptile was starting to swallow her.
All that she could find to rescue her pregnant dog was a stick. She repeatedly hit the python on the head to let go of her dog. But the python refused to release her, and then Elkse jumped into the water, lifted out the snake, and threw it on the embankment.
Elske continued to hit the snake, and once the snake loosened its grip, she grabbed Lilly from the snake’s mouth.
Lilly wasn’t breathing, so Elske began to give the dog mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. Finally, Lilly coughed up and water started to come out of her mouth.
After seeing a veterinarian and being treated, Lilly returned back home and is recovering from her frightening incident, and just a week ago, she gave birth to seven puppies.
Elske, you are one brave young lady.