When Tamara Thurgood woke up in the middle of the night recently, she never expected to be saving her son from the unthinkable minutes later.
According to AWM, Tamara was horrified when she checked on her sleeping 6 year-old boy only to find that a python had wrapped itself around his head. She immediately went into fight mode.
“Thursday night at about 11:30 i woke to hear tyler’s painful scream, i jumped out of bed and went to tyler to find a big effing snake wrapped around the bed head,” mom wrote on Facebook.
“It was a terrifying scream and I didn’t know what had happened – I certainly didn’t think it involved a snake,” the Australian mother recounted to reporters. “I have no idea how it even got into the house.”
Tamara grabbed her son and tried to free him from the snake, but the python responded by wrapping itself around the boy’s body as it began squeezing the life out of him.
“I tried to pull Tyler from the bed but he didn’t come with me … I had to roll him, then pull,” she said.
Finally she was able to get her son to safety, and the python slithered away.
“I saw his face and the blood and his eyes were still closed so I don’t think he was fully awake,” she explained. “I tried to check him over but he wouldn’t let me touch him anywhere.”
Tamara then called her relatives to come over and “take care” of the snake while she rushed her son to the emergency room.
“I said i wont be happy until the snake is dead!!! Id say both boys were scared but stayed there to make sure they got the bastard that attacked my son,” Tamara wrote.
Tamara’s relatives killed the snake, and her boy is now doing much better.
“He was only complaining about his finger hurting. He tapped his head on the way to hospital and he asked me why he was bleeding,” Thurgood said. “Tyler doesn’t remember anything – which is the best part.”
Experts say the python was likely attracted to the warmth coming from the boy’s body.
“They have heat sensors, and they don’t think about the size of their prey,” an expert said. “If it’s hungry it will bite anything, and if it can’t eat it, it can’t eat it. But I don’t believe the snake was going to feast on the child … it’s all instinct, not thought processes.”
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