Gabi, the Brave Dog more than a year ago
Gabi, a female German long-haired shepherd dog, was eight years old when she came to the Belgrade zoo. She was paired with another dog and together they accompanied the night watchman, patrolling the grounds of the zoo. Although she was no longer young, she was constantly proving her courage, bravery and determination.
One night a female jaguar managed to jump out of her cage and headed in the direction of the administration building. When the watchman and his trusty canines came to that part of the Garden, Gabi suddenly stopped, listening. She stood still for a second, then rushed like a bullet into the darkness, while the other dog, a male German shepherd, ran in the opposite direction with a whimper. The night watchman remained confused, unaware of what was going on. It was only when the silence of the night was broken by a great roar and barking that he realized the bitter battle between the dog and the beast was going on. Excited, the night watchman ran to the phone and informed the police about the event. The police woke up Mr Vuk Bojović, the manager of the zoo, and together they rushed to the spot. They immediately found out that the beast in question was a female jaguar, young and powerful. At first, they tried to return the jaguar to her cage, but in the end they realised that it would unfortunately be necessary to shoot her. Gabi was found near the site of the duel. She lay half-dead, in a large pool of blood. That night she fearlessly engaged an opponent much stronger than herself and prevented a dangerous beast from attacking the night watchman or escaping from the zoo and attacking the citizens of Belgrade.