Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Mum Is awoken By Cat To Find a 6 Foot Python Wrapped around her 2-year-old’s arm (PHOTOS)

Injuries: Mrs Guthrie with her daughter Zara,
who was bitten three times in the hand as her mother
 tried  to prise the snake away from her child.
She was treated at hospital but the python’s bites were not venomous

An Australian woman was awoken by her hissing cat early Sunday to find a python wrapped around the arm of her 2-year-old daughter. Tess Guthrie, a 22-year-old from Lismore, New South Wales, said the 6-foot pytho was wrapped three times around her daughter’s arm. “I thought I was having a nightmare,” Guthrie told a local television news station. “It was only because the cat was hissing that I woke up and saw the snake with its body wrapped around my daughter Zara’s arm.”

Vulnerable: The bed where the pair were fast
asleep until the family cat alerted them to the danger

No harm meant: Mr Tills said he believed the snake was simply looking for somewhere to warm up. Mrs Guthrie insisted it should not be killed and it was instead released back into the wild about three miles from the house
The toddler was sleeping in the bed with Guthrie, who pried the snake off her. But before she could, the nonvenomous python bit the toddler three times on her left hand.
“In my head I was just going through this unbelievable terror, and my thought was that it was going to actually kill her at first, because it was wrapped so tight,” Guthrie told the Brisbane Times. “Her little arm was bleeding really bad from the bites, and all I could feel was blood and Zara was screaming by that stage, and I was in hysterics because it was such a shocking thing to wake up to. It was just terrifying.”
Zara was taken to a local hospital where she was treated and released. The coastal python (or “carper snake”) was captured by a local wildlife official and eventually released back into the wild.
“The snake [had] not in any way, shape or form intended to eat the baby,” Tex Tillis, who runs Tex’s Snake Removals, told the Daily Telegraph. “It was trying to have a group hug.”
“Pythons, underneath their bottom jaw, have a row of sensors which enable them to see the world in terms of infrared pictures,” Tillis explained. “So in the dark they’re going to see a baby as this warm spot.”
Of course, snake invasions are nothing new down under.
Last month, a 3-year-old Australian boy escaped injury after a collection of eggs he had found in his Queensland yard and stashed in his bedroom closet “hatched into a slithering tangle of deadly snakes.”
Also in December, a childcare center in Darwin was forced to be shut down before Christmas because of a snake infestation. According to ABC Australia, snake catchers who were called in when a baby python was spotted found a nest with 23 baby pythons and 41 hatched eggs inside a wall.

Hiding place: Tex Tillis, the snake catcher
 brought in to snare the serpent, tracked it down to
 the corner of the room, between the wall and the
bedside table. He believes it could have been there for several days

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