Time and again dogs have proved why they are synonymous with the word "loyalty." In a recent incident in the eastern Indian state of Odisha, a pet dog fought a venomous snake to prevent the reptile from entering its owner’s home.

The owner, identified as Ballabha Nayak, had adopted a street dog. Last week, the canine was guarding the home when a King Cobra attempted to enter the residence.

This resulted in a fierce battle between the dog and the snake during which the reptile reportedly wrapped itself around the canine’s body, local television station Kalinga TV reported.

Upon hearing the dog’s barks, the neighbors rushed to the scene. They managed to unwrap the reptile from the dog’s body and save the canine.

The dog was rushed to a nearby vet with minor injuries. It was treated and was reported to be in stable and good condition. Meanwhile, the snake, which had reportedly come from a nearby forest, was allegedly killed by the residents.

The dog’s owner and his family members were not at home when the incident took place.

In a similar incident in Barangay Lanao, Philippines, last year, a pet dog died after being bitten by a venomous snake while trying to save its owner’s toddler. The baby was sleeping in the room when the cobra tried to enter the home. The two Dachshunds fought the snake and bit the reptile several times. In turn, the snake also spewed venom, killing one of the canines within minutes. The snake too died in the battle. The other dog was rushed to a nearby animal hospital after being bitten in the eye. It was listed stable following treatment. The entire battle was caught on CCTV and the incident was shared on Facebook by the dogs’ owner.

A Krabi Pitakpracha Foundation snake handler holds the four-metre (13 feet) king cobra he pulled from a sewer in southern Thailand
Representational image of a king cobra KRABI PITAKPRACHA FOUNDATION / Handout