A pit bull saved an eight-year-old boy from a deadly bee attack by dragging him to safety by his trouser leg.
Jesse-Cole Shaver, from Oregon, was playing with a group of 10 friends in a local wood behind his house when one of the kids stepped on a rotten log, unleashing a swarm of bees.
The children were at the bottom of a steep embankment near their apartment building on Tuesday evening when the bees were released, stinging Jesse at least 24 times.
Most of the children managed to scramble back up the hill away from danger but Jesse was unable to get a secure footing.
But luckily, the boy’s pit bull, Hades, was on hand to help and grabbed his trouser leg in order to pull him up the steep incline.
After the attack, Jesse told KPTV in Oregon: “Hades saw me and came and she dragged me up to the grass and then stopped and let me crawl on her back and then took me to mom.”
Jesse’s older sister, Jasmine Jones, was stung five times in what, for her, could have been a fatal attack.
The 14-year-old is allergic to bee stings and had to have two injections from an EpiPen to prevent her body from swelling.
The frightened mother, who did not wish to be named, said: “A couple of these kids could have got really sick or died.”
Stung: Jesse and his sister Jasmine were taken to hospital after the bee attack (Image: KPTV-KPDX)
Both children were taken to Williamette Falls Hospital for treatment after the attack where doctors were still attempting to remove bee stings from the children’s hair.
They were released from the hospital a few hours later. Hades was also stung but is also now fine.
Jesse’s mom said that her son couldn’t wait to get home and thank his dog for saving him.
The children have vowed never to go back down to the embankment again.
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