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

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

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

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

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  • Five-year-old Australian boy bit, strangled, and dragged into pool by python.
  • Beau Blake was swimming at home when the 3 m (10 ft) long snake attacked.

A five-year-old Australian child who was bit, strangled, and dragged into a pool by a python approximately three times his size has managed to survive.

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According to his father, Beau Blake was swimming at home when the 3 m (10 ft.) long snake attacked.

Ben, Beau’s father, and Beau’s grandfather hauled the pair out of the water while they were still entangled in the animal.

Beau, though, is in excellent spirits and managed to get away with only minor wounds.

His father Ben spoke to Melbourne radio station 3AW on Friday about the event that occurred the previous day. “Once we cleaned up the blood and informed him that he wasn’t going to die since it wasn’t a dangerous snake… he was actually pretty good,” Ben said.

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“He’s an absolute trooper,” Ben added, saying the family – who are based in the coastal town of Byron Bay in New South Wales – would monitor the bite wounds for signs of infection.

Despite the lucky escape, the dramatic saga was still quite “an ordeal”, he said.
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“[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.”

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

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

Ben then desperately tried to soothe his father and his kids while holding the python for around ten minutes before releasing it back into the bush.

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

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Ben told the radio station pythons were a fact of life in the area, about 8 hours north of Sydney, saying “look…it is Australia”.

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