Boy rescued from Byron Bay pool with 3-meter python wrapped around legs | New South Wales

A five-year-old boy is recovering after surviving an attack by a giant python in his grandparent’s Byron Bay back yard.

Beau Blake was swimming with his brother yesterday afternoon, his father, Ben, told 3AW Breakfast radio, when a 3-metre long python launched out of the nearby garden and latched onto Beau’s ankle.

Beau rolled and fell into the pool, with the snake still attached, as it curled around his legs. His 76-year-old grandfather jumped in almost instantly and quickly lifted him out.

“[Allan] His grandfather passed him up to me and I had to separate the two,” Ben said.

“I had him released within 15, 20 seconds. It was somewhat of an ordeal.”

bruised ankle with red bite marks and depressions
Bite marks on the ankle of five-year-old Beau, who was attacked on Thursday after school in Byron Bay. Photograph: Tesse Ferguson

Ben said his son was an “absolute trooper” after the attack, staying home from school today to rest and recover.

As for the snake, Ben said he held it for about 10 minutes after freeing Beau before releasing it back into the garden.

Beau’s mother, Tesse Ferguson, shared details of the “dramatic evening” on social media, warning other parents to “keep their eyes peeled”.

“We were lucky to have the fast response of [Ben and Allan] … and it took quite a bit of effort to pull the python who was firmly wrapped around his leg,” she said.

“Lots of cuddles for my boys tonight. Parents the unthinkable can happen!”

Despite Beau being “very shaken up”, Tesse said the family is feeling grateful he is OK and wasn’t seriously injured.

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