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Big python had big plans for dinner

SNAKE ATTACK: Aleesha Harris, 18, saved her kitten Jade from a three metre python. Contributed.
SNAKE ATTACK: Aleesha Harris, 18, saved her kitten Jade from a three metre python. Contributed. Declan Cooley

FOUR-month old Jade is lucky to be alive after being caught in the coils of a three metre long carpet python.

But fortunately for this kitten, she's still got another eight lives to go.

On Sunday Beverly Hodge let her two new kittens, Jade and Jasper, out to play at their property in Agnes Water when the python lunged out from under their house and ensnared Jade in its grip.

Beverly said until that moment she hadn't heard her kitten meow once, but struggling to survive "she learnt really quickly".

"My daughter let out a frenetic scream and tried to tackle the snake with her bare hands," she said.

"The dogs started barking and the other kitten was trying to bite the snake.

"Then I told my daughter Aleesha to put the hose on the snake because they don't like water but I'd written it off," she said.

After an "intense" 15 minutes and with the help of a rake Aleesha was able to free Jade who escaped with only a slight kink in its tail.

Pumped up on adrenaline, Aleesha said all she wanted to do was save her kitten.

But this isn't the first time Beverly, nor her cats, have been confronted by some big snakes .

Two years ago her cat Jack was attacked by another python which wrapped itself around the cat and almost choked the life out of it.

"I just heard a bit of thump and got there in time to see the python wrapping itself around the cat," she said.

"We were hitting the snake on the head and when it let go the cat had no heartbeat until the vet revived it.

"Since then Jack hasn't had any trouble but he's got a problem with his nerves. He's very jumpy," she said.

 In a separate incident Beverly said she'd had a five metre long python "come off the top of the beer fridge" and try to warp itself around her neck.

"By the time I got out of range it was about 6ft off the fridge," she said.

Since the most recent snake attack Beverly has been checking for snakes on the move every night.

But she says the cats are all doing well and back to playing outside.

Topics:  agnes water, python




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