Australia: Python bites and drags five-year-old into pool

Ben Blake holding the offending python

A five-year-old Australian boy has survived being bitten, constricted and dragged into a swimming pool by a python about thrice his measurement.

Beau Blake was having fun with a swim at house when the 3m lengthy (10ft) reptile struck, his father informed a neighborhood radio station.

The pair – nonetheless entangled – have been pulled from the pool by Beau’s grandfather and the boy was prised free from the animal by his dad Ben.

But Beau is in good spirits and escaped with solely minor accidents.

“Once we cleaned up the blood and told him that he wasn’t going to die because it wasn’t a poisonous snake… he was pretty good actually,” his father Ben told Melbourne radio station 3AW on Friday in regards to the incident that occurred a day earlier.

“He’s an absolute trooper,” Ben added, saying the household – who’re primarily based within the coastal city of Byron Bay in New South Wales – would monitor the chunk wounds for indicators of an infection.

Despite the fortunate escape, the dramatic saga was nonetheless fairly “an ordeal”, he stated.

“[Beau] was just walking around the edge [of the pool]… and I believe the python was sort of sitting there waiting for a victim to come along… and Beau was it.”

“I saw a big black shadow come out of the bush and before they hit the bottom, it was completely wrapped around his leg.”

With “no self-preservation whatsoever”, Beau’s 76-year-old grandfather Allan jumped within the pool and handed the boy and snake to Ben.

“I’m not a little lad… [so] I had him released within 15-20 seconds,” Ben stated.

Ben then held on to the python for about 10 minutes as he desperately tried to calm his youngsters and his father, earlier than releasing the snake again into the vegetation.

“He went back to the scene of the crime, the naughty thing.”

Ben informed the radio station pythons have been a reality of life within the space, about 8 hours north of Sydney, saying “look…it is Australia”.

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