Australian toddler attacked by python
More News from Agence France-Presse
Snake handler Tex Tillis said the two-year-old girl’s mother woke at 3:00 am on Saturday to find the 1.85 meter (six foot) reptile attached to her child as they lay in bed in Lismore, about 600 kilometers (370 miles) north of Sydney.
“She saw three coils of what looked like a snake around her baby’s arm. She naturally freaked, but with presence of mind… she went for what she thought was the snake’s head,” Tillis told AFP on Monday.
But in the dark, the mother grabbed the snake below its head, meaning when the animal panicked it had enough room to attack.
“It immediately started to constrict the baby’s arm and to bite the baby,” he said.
“The mother then very, very courageously… pulled the snake off the baby.”
Tillis said the mother did not know the snake was non-venomous when she ripped it off her child and flung it into the corner of the room.
The toddler was taken to hospital but suffered only three superficial wounds, said Tillis, adding that he later took the reptile to visit the child and her mother, who named it Cecil.
Get Inquirer updates while on the go, add us on these apps:
Disclaimer: The comments uploaded on this site do not necessarily represent or reflect the views of management and owner of INQUIRER.net. We reserve the right to exclude comments that we deem to be inconsistent with our editorial standards.
To subscribe to the Philippine Daily Inquirer newspaper in the Philippines, call +63 2 896-6000 for Metro Manila and Metro Cebu or email your subscription request here.
Factual errors? Contact the Philippine Daily Inquirer's day desk. Believe this article violates journalistic ethics? Contact the Inquirer's Reader's Advocate. Or write The Readers' Advocate:
c/o Philippine Daily Inquirer Chino Roces Avenue corner Yague and Mascardo Streets, Makati City,Metro Manila, Philippines Or fax nos. +63 2 8974793 to 94