This cat survived its encounter with a rattlesnake in Laguna Vista, Texas. But people and animals are better off keeping their distance from venomous snakes that prefer to be left alone.
This photo got a lot of attention after it was posted recently on the Facebook page of the Laguna Vista Police Department. Walkers spotted the snake on a walking trail. WKRG News ran this headline: “Fearless Cat Faces Down Rattler.”
Some commented on the cat’s bravery, and others on the size of the snake, who was rounded up by a local officer.
Others express their concern about respecting all wildlife and leaving them be. And police posted a warning about keeping an eye out for snakes as temperatures rise and rattlers emerge from hibernation. Rattlesnakes should be left alone and avoiding them is the best advice. Pet owners should never let their cats or dogs near rattlesnakes, since a bite will be fatal if it goes untreated. If a pet is bitten, it should be treated as soon as possible with a dose of anti-venom.