CareforKabang – In December, 2011, a shepherd mix (Aspin) named Kabang saved two children from a potentially fatal accident. According to the Inquirer-News, 9-year old Dina Bunggal and cousin 3-year old Princess Diansing, were about to cross a busy street and failed to notice a motorcycle heading straight towards them. Kabang, the family dog, appeared out of nowhere and threw herself in front the speeding motorcycle that was on the verge of hitting the two young children. The brave dog’s face was severely injured in the impact because she struck the motorcycle head on. The children were unhurt and the motorist had a few bruises, but Kabang lost the entire top part of her mouth. Tragically, the heroic leap planted her snout directly into the wheel of the motorcycle. When the bike flipped, her snout and jaw was ripped from her face. Once freed, Kabang eloped and was untraceable. Everyone feared the worst, but after two weeks she reappeared at the family home.
UCDavis – Today veterinary specialists at the University of California, Davis, examined Kabang to determine what can be done to give her a better chance at a long and healthy life. During the hourlong, preliminary exam, veterinary surgeons Boaz Arzi and Frank Verstraete assessed Kabang’s overall condition and conducted blood and urine tests. Kabang is expected to be at UC Davis for at least six weeks. An independent, international donation campaign raised the money to bring Kabang and Lim to the United States for a consultation with veterinary reconstructive surgery specialists at UC Davis. Kabang and Lim landed at Los Angeles International Airport late Monday night and arrived in Davis on Tuesday.
Ho hum. Just another average story of a dog throwing himself into a motorcycle and getting his face ripped off to save two little girls. Ho hum. No biggie. Like even though the rational part of my brain thinks this story is too impossible to be true at the same time I know for a fact it’s true. Dogs just doing what dogs do. Risking life and limb to protect their family. Getting their faces ripped off and probably wagging his tail while he’s doing it. I’m just happy I found out about this story after Kabang raised the necessary 20K to send him from the Philippines to UC Davis because if not I would been out a shit ton of internet dollars.
PS – What do you think a cat would have done in this situation? I’m guessing he would have pushed the kids into the oncoming traffic, waited for the crash and then stolen the motorcycle and joined a gang that terrorized the neighborhood.