A five-year-old boy in Australia has survived being bitten and crushed by a python the length of a car, which dragged him into a swimming pool.
Beau Blake was playing at the edge of the pool at his family’s home in Byron Bay, New South Wales, when the 10ft (3m) snake struck from the undergrowth.
The python bit the kid, dragged him into the water, and wrapped itself around one of his legs.
Allan, the boy’s 76-year-old grandfather, rushed to the rescue, diving into the pool and scooping out Beau, who was still entangled with the snake.
The boy’s father, Ben, then prised him free from the reptile’s deadly grip, used to suppress prey.
“I’m not a little lad… [so] I had him released within 15-20 seconds,” he said.
Despite his ordeal Beau is said to be in good spirits and escaped with only minor injuries.
Ben told local media: “Once we cleaned up the blood and told him that he wasn’t going to die because it wasn’t a poisonous snake… he was pretty good actually.
“He’s an absolute trooper.”
While pythons are not venomous, the five-year-old was treated to prevent the bite becoming infected.
Describing the drama, Ben said: “[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.”
Ben held on to the python for about 10 minutes after freeing his son in order to calm his children and father before releasing it back into the vegetation.
“He went back to the crime scene, the naughty thing,” he explained.
Ben mentioned that pythons were a fact of life in the subtropical area, which was an eight-hour drive north of Sydney, and added: “Australia is the country. They are on the move.”