‘My wife stabbed my snake to get back at me’

2008-02-02 00:00

THE efforts to save the 39-kg Burmese pet python whose tail was cut off in a struggle with its caretaker in Palm Beach last week have failed.

This is according to a south coast community newspaper, which claims the autopsy indicated that the five-metre snake died from extreme stress and injuries — it was also stabbed 10 times with a kitchen knife.

Weekend Witness reported last week that Lourensa Odendaal was left to care for Baby the snake while her husband was away for a long time.

She apparently cut the snake after it grabbed her arm and wound its tail around her leg while she was trying to feed it.

But now her husband claims she hurt the snake out of spite because he wants to divorce her. According to the newspaper, he questioned why Odendaal had a knife with her at the time, and why she was feeding the snake while it was shedding its skin, when it is aggressive and almost blind.

“I suspect Lourensa attacked the snake first to get back at me for divorcing her, because on the very same day, just hours before this incident, I refused to take any of her calls.”

Police are said to be investigating the matter.

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