An Australian mom rescues her baby from a six-foot python that had curled up in bed with the two of them during the night: A cat's hiss warns her, and her cellphone light helps her see the culprit.
When she went to bed Jan. 4, Australian mom Tess Guthrie curled up next to her 2-year-old daughter Zara as usual – not expecting to wake up a heroine in the morning.
Before dawn she heard her cat hissing – but thought it was normal, she told the Brisbane Times, because the cat had been acting up recently. But when she looked on the bed at where she put her daughter to sleep, she saw an odd form writhing around.
Grabbing her mobile phone to shine some light on the bed, she saw the uninimaginable: curled around the arm of her daughter was a six-foot-long python, according to the Times.
Apparently, after the snake saw Ms. Guthrie, it began constricting around Zara’s arm and started to strike at her. Guthrie thought the python was going to kill her daughter, and maternal instinct took over.
“… on the third time [it was biting down on her] I grabbed the snake on the head. I pulled her and the snake apart from each other,” Guthrie told the newspaper. Then, she said, with her child in one arm, Guthrie whipped the snake across the room and dashed outside.
Guthrie and Zara arrived at a nearby hospital via ambulance and stayed the night while the bites were being treated.
To understand the snake’s side of the story, the Brisbane Times spoke with Tex’s Snake Removals’ Tex Tillis. Tillis removed the six-foot python from the house and said it did not want to eat Zara, just wanted to “hug” her.