A doberman in Australia that was rescued earlier from an animal shelter, repaid his new owners in time by saving their 17-month-old daughter from a deadly snake.

Khan, as his new owners call him, picked up Charlotte Svillicic by his teeth and threw her over his shoulder.

In so doing, the dog took the bite from the king brown, the worlds third most venomous snake, instead.

Charlotte’s mother, Catherine, said Khan leapt into action as the snake edged closer to Charlotte in her garden in Atherton near Cairns, Australia.

“He saved her life by risking his own. If I had not seen it with my own eyes I would never have believed it.” Catherine said. “He grabbed her by the back of the nappy and threw her over his shoulder more than a meter, like she was a rag doll.”

Khan, who received a shot of anti-venom from a vet after taking the snakebite has since made a full recovery.