Mother Rescues Young Child from Python
On January 4, Tess Guthrie, a loving mother to her sweet toddler daughter, went to bed as usual. Each night her young child named Zara sleeps with her doting mum.
However, as the Christian Monitor reported, no one could have predicted what would happen on this particular night in the first month of 2013.
Early the following morning, Tess heard their cat hiss. While this was not particularly unusual, she told the local newspaper, it woke her up. This alerted her to see something else on the bed with her daughter.
Using her cell phone, Tess put the light toward the object only to realize that it was a large python, six feet in length, wrapped around her daughter’s arm. When the snake saw Tess, it began constricting around Zara’s arm and started to strike her.
Tess grabbed the snake’s head and ripped the snake from her daughter’s arm. She threw the snake across the room and ran with her daughter to safety.
Both mother and daughter spent a night in the hospital and have fully recovered.
According to United Press International, a 17-foot Burmese python scared a family when it slithered into a picnic area near Orlando, Fla. The snake was destroyed by a park ranger.
Python Attacks Can Be Deadly
In 2012, a mother and her boyfriend were each sentenced to 12 years in prison after their pet python killed their baby.
Jaren Hare, 21, and her boyfriend Charles Darnell, 34, went on trial in Florida in June of 2011, two years after they found Hare’s daughter Shaianna dead in her cot in July 2009, with their albino Burmese python, Gypsy, coiled tightly around her and its fangs embedded in her forehead.
“Count one, manslaughter. I sentence you to 12 years in the Department of Corrections,” said the judge.
Her boyfriend broke down as he begged for mercy, but he was also sentenced to 12 years.
“There’s no way I would ever cause any harm to any of my children,” said her boyfriend.
According to the Daily Mail, Investigators say that the 8ft 6in serpent had not been fed for a month and was kept in a tank at their rural home in Oxford, Florida, with only a duvet thrown over the top, tethered loosely with bungee cords and safety pins, to try to prevent it from escaping.
Gypsy has been in the care of a wildlife centre since the incident.