Meet Gabi, a female German shepherd who worked as a guard dog in the Belgrade Zoo. In 1987 she became famous for spotting an escaped jaguar during the night. Gabi fought the jaguar throughout the zoo, preventing its escape. She made a full recovery from her injuries and returned to work.

Gabi (dog)

Gabi (Serbian: Габи) was a female German shepherd who worked as a guard dog in the Belgrade Zoo, SR Serbia, SFR Yugoslavia. She became famous when she was attacked by a jaguar that escaped from its cage on 22 June 1987.

History

In the 1980s an eight-year-old German Shepherd, Gabi, was adopted by the zoo and became an informal security guard. On the night of 22 June 1987, she was patrolling the zoo with guard Stanimir Stanić and a male German shepherd. In the darkness Stanić failed to notice a jaguar that had escaped from its cage. Gabi sensed the animal and jumped on it, while the other dog ran in fear from the large cat.

Gabi fought the jaguar throughout the zoo, which allowed critical time for Stanić to telephone the police an… Continue Reading (1 minute read)

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  1. crankthat99

    Did she get promoted though?

  2. FpsRza

    I like how they wrote, “Here lies Gabi, her heart was stronger than a Jaguar.” Poignant. That’s a lucky ass security guard.

  3. MixesLiesWithTruth

    Kudos to that dog, because jaguars are one of the most badass animals in existence. They look like leopards on steroids, they have the strongest bite of all the big cats (edit: relative to body size), and in the wild they hunt and kill caiman (yes like crocodiles) and anacondas as their main diet. By jumping in the river, finding one and crushing its skull with its jaws. They are the apex predator in their environment.

    And this dog managed to contain one. Holy shit.

  4. survivalmodez

    Am I the only one concerned that a zoo both outsources it’s security to German shepherds and that jaguars can just “accidentally” get loose…

    I get all the praise for Gabi but WHY ARENT WE TALKING ABOUT THAT

  5. fruity_brown_sauce

    Another “fun” fact regarding this zoo, a few years ago during the Belgrade beer festival, when it was held in Kalemegdan (the same location as the zoo). A tourist got drunk, climbed onto a wall, fell off said wall, into the bear enclosure, and was eaten.

  6. kallan0100

    The only Serbian film I wanna see tbh

  7. jerkface1026

    This is in line with my experience of GSD. The males really, truly need to be cornered or conditioned to fight and the females are going to their last breath when someone is in their territory. A shame they couldn’t save the jaguar who was just being a jaguar.

  8. ImitationRicFlair

    The real question is, who wins in a fight, Gabi the Belgrade Zoo dog or Mike the British Museum cat?

  9. niceegg420

    Kind of a bitch move…

  10. spoonerwilkins

    I wonder if she thought something like ” Well.. that’s a big damn cat but it’s still just a cat though?”

  11. loveismydrug285

    This is the kind of Gabi I like.

  12. killminusnine

    And they shot the Jaguar 🙁

  13. absurdastrolabe

    Today I learned our world is so ridiculous that we have created scenarios in which German shepherds have to fight jaguars.

  14. coldbrewlattes

    No stress leave? Stressed me out just reading that. Good doggie.

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