Monument to Gabi in the zoo
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Gabi (Serbian: Габи) was a female German Shepherd who worked as a guard dog in the Belgrade Zoo in the former state of Yugoslavia. She became famous when she defeated a jaguar that escaped from its cage on June 22, 1987.
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 June 22, 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 and for them to arrive. Gabi's actions prevented the jaguar's escape from the zoo and saved Stanimir Stanić from a possible attack. The police tried unsuccessfully to recapture the jaguar, but were eventually forced to shoot it to protect the public.
Gabi was operated on at the Faculty of Veterinary Science at the University of Belgrade and nursed back to health by the zoo's director Vuk Bojović. She eventually fully recovered and continued working as a guard dog.
Later, the zoo erected a monument to Gabi.
- Rajic, Zoran (2012). "Gabi". beozoovrt.izlog.org. Retrieved April 1, 2012.
- Lazarevic, Z. (July 17, 2011). "The expansion of the zoo in Lower Town by the end of the year". 24 sata. Retrieved April 1, 2012. "On June 22, 1987 Stanimir Stanic a garden workers was patrolling with Gabi the dog. The brave dog planted her body in front of an jaguar who that morning escaped from its cage and thus saved Stanimir's life. Serbian: Keruša Gabi spasla je 22. juna 1987. radnika vrta Stanimira Stanića koji je patrolirao s njom. Hrabra keruša podmetnula je svoje telo ispred jaguara koji je to jutro pobegao iz kaveza i tako sačuvala život Stanimiru."