A woman in Australia heard strange yelps coming from outside her home, and ran out to find her dog being constricted by a python. She immediately grabbed its tail and started yanking it away from her terrier. Eventually she was able to disentangle the eight foot snake from her pet, and saved the dog’s life. During the struggle she had no regard for her own safety, just the focus of a life or death battle to protect her animal. She said, “It was all a bit of a blur, I just did the first thing that came to mind.”
Brenda Von Bovene is five feet and one inch tall. She had actually seen over a dozen snakes on her property recently. Though only one was as large as the python. Reportedly, snakes have been seen near residences in Australia more frequently recently. The snake that attacked Ms. Von Bovene’s dog was captured and relocated to the bush. The dog (Tammy) suffered some bruising, but is overall in good health.
In March of this year, a python that had already eaten a dog, tried to ingest another dog. A month before, a scrub python consumed a 70 pound goat. Two years ago, a 16 foot python ate a family’s dog in Brisbane. This snake was also relocated to the bush.
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