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GSDhistorian 08-31-2014 11:41 AM

German shepherd defeats a Jaguar to protect night watchman at zoo
 
This is probably 1 of the most amazing stories about German shepherds i ever heard and wanted to share. It was a situation where a night watchman in a zoo was doing a nightly walk through with his female German shepherd and he then noticed the dog alert, it then was to be discovered a jaguar escaped it's cage; "jaguars are the 3rd biggest and most powerful cat next to the lion and tiger and go 200-300lbs".. without hesitation, the German shepherd in defense of the night guard charged and went at the jaguar and a viscous brawl broke out. They battled throughout the zoo and the night guard called for back up, when all was said and done, both were injured very bad, the jaguar had to be put down as it was still showing signs of aggression, and the dog needed emergency medical care... when all was said and done, after months of rehab, the GSD survived and actually went back to being a guard dog at that same zoo.

The zoo then put a statue of the GSD; Gabi was her name as a tribute to her heart, courage, and strength to take on such a dangerous adversary in defense of the night watchman.

This story just serves as a reminder of why the German shepherd is in a class of it's own as a guardian and companion in 1. Protection is "natural" to them as they were bred to guard sheep from predators along with herding them, so they look at their human companions as their "flock" and will protect them at all cost. I think all the more that's why we as humans need to respect that and also give them all the love and care they deserve and also repay them with the same protectiveness and love they give us. On that note, i don't think the dog should have went back to being a guard dog and they should have respectfully retired her after going through something like that in my opinion.

Here is a link to that story, hope you all enjoyed :)
Gabi (dog) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Nigel 08-31-2014 12:00 PM

Interesting story, looks like Gabi was a coatie too.

huntergreen 08-31-2014 12:09 PM

having a bit of a hard time believing a gsd can take on a jaguar and survive.

Nigel 08-31-2014 12:20 PM

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Originally Posted by huntergreen (Post 5968209)
having a bit of a hard time believing a gsd can take on a jaguar and survive.

I doubt head on one would survive. I'm picturing a scared jaguar trying to escape with the Gabi in pursuit, perhaps making a few short moments of contact with the jaguar always looking for an out, like hounds chasing cougars/bears.

Maxil 08-31-2014 12:25 PM

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Originally Posted by huntergreen (Post 5968209)
having a bit of a hard time believing a gsd can take on a jaguar and survive.

True, one bite from a jaguar can cut him to pieces
But miracles happen >.>

llombardo 08-31-2014 02:03 PM

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Originally Posted by huntergreen (Post 5968209)
having a bit of a hard time believing a gsd can take on a jaguar and survive.

She had months of recovery, so she was seriously hurt. She kept the jaguar busy, while help was called. She played the role of prey and predator. She probably knew the zoo inside and out and the cat didn't, a big advantage for her, one that might have made her the survivor. She didn't kill him, but she kept him at bay.

huntergreen 08-31-2014 03:30 PM

when i was stationed in san diego naval hospital, i would often walk across the street and watch them feed the large cats. 2 seconds of a brawl between a gsd and a "cat', and the gsd is done for. heck, i recently saw a bear turn and swat a pit bull mix, one swat with the razor sharp claws disemboweled this 70 pound dog who died on the spot. gsd are amazing dogs, but they have their limits. now if this was a declawed toothless old jaguar, then i could see it.

Baillif 08-31-2014 03:33 PM

Defeat is probably a less than accurate description of what happened

GSDhistorian 08-31-2014 06:09 PM

I put this story up as a "positive" thing about the courage of the breed, and i see so many trolls saying "i doubt it happened, bla bla bla".. What.... do you think i just made the story up?? What about the link i posted? Did i take the time to make up a fake link for no reason?? What about the statue at the zoo of the dog and the story?? Did i build this statue myself and go deliver to the Belgrade zoo myself just to make up a story?? Man, people need to really use common sense before saying dumb things.

Nigel 08-31-2014 07:22 PM

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Originally Posted by GSDhistorian (Post 5969689)
I put this story up as a "positive" thing about the courage of the breed, and i see so many trolls saying "i doubt it happened, bla bla bla".. What.... do you think i just made the story up?? What about the link i posted? Did i take the time to make up a fake link for no reason?? What about the statue at the zoo of the dog and the story?? Did i build this statue myself and go deliver to the Belgrade zoo myself just to make up a story?? Man, people need to really use common sense before saying dumb things.

Its a real story, glad you brought it up. Here's another link with more detail.
Gabi, the Brave Dog

The result sounds like most would imagine, she got her clock cleaned, however she defiantly showed fearlessness, a trait lacking in the other guard dog that ran off.


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