Python attacks Australian infant

2011-12-29 11:12

Sydney - An Australian infant was attacked by a python which wrapped itself around his body and attempted to suffocate him, his terrified mother said on Thursday, recalling his "blood-curdling scream".

The two-year-old boy was chasing a ball around his Port Douglas backyard in Australia's tropical north when the snake struck, biting his leg before looping itself around his body, his mother told the local Cairns Post newspaper.

"I heard this blood-curdling scream," she said.

"The snake was biting his leg and was wrapped around his whole body, to his chest. It started constricting."

She was unable to pull the snake from her son but neighbours who heard her distressed cries came to his rescue and managed to lift the snake off.

The boy suffered four bite wounds but the snake was not poisonous and he was released from hospital after 24 hours' observation.

Pythons can grow to several metres in length and are usually active in the tropics between October and April, but local veterinarian Rod Gilbert told the paper it was the first time he had heard of one trying to eat a child.

"I suppose a two-year-old boy is not much different from a wallaby, it could definitely happen," Gilbert said, referring to the native marsupials that are a more typical part of a python's diet.

  • Shining - 2011-12-29 11:43

    Snakes aren't poisonous they're venomous. Poison is something that is harmful if it is ingested. Venom must be injected to be harmful. You could drink a cup of mamba venom if you chose to, without any ill effects (assuming you don't have a stomach ulcer). A quick and simple Google search would have cleared that right up for you, News24 reporter! Your bad!

      Sharkshoot - 2011-12-29 18:19

      It's indicative of how far South Africa has declined in standards across the board. Unfortunately only 'some' people will be lucky enough to get jobs as reporters as long as they belong to the new dispensation...while actual skilled employees will be turned away. Africa for Africans.

  • Garth - 2011-12-29 12:02

    `. . . but the snake was not poisonous . . .'; what we infer from this is that the snake suffered the fate of all animals that attack the revered human - they die for their misdeeds. All boidae are armed with two rows of solid teeth(upper and lower jaws), not fangs and therefore do not produce injected toxins or venom. And in defence of the news24 author of the article, he/she probably copied the information from an Australian, who probably couldn't give a continental cr4p about the difference anyway. Poison, venom, toxin, wtf, it's a snake - kill it! Our ignorance shall one day undo us.

  • Martinet - 2011-12-30 07:38

    Geeeezzzzz! Was this translated directly from another language?! Glad the little one is okay, but my word man! Check the articles before posting them!

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