LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — It doesn’t matter what species you are, a parent’s job is to protect. And it almost never fails.

A mama rat’s instincts kicks in when her baby is about to be swallowed by a snake.

So the rodent relentlessly goes after the reptile unit it lets go of her baby from its jaw.

Facebook user Rojas Montecino Evy posted this amazing act of motherly love.