The four-year-old boy is now recovering in hospital. "He's been quite well actually. He's a tough kid," said his father.
When you think of a new home, you imagine all the good things that will unfurl in the future and of all the joy and happiness you get to share with your family. You move into a new place with a lot of hopes and dreams, and the last thought in your mind is of a tragedy unfurling. However, that's quite what happened to a family who just moved into their new Airlie Beach home, in Queensland, according to 7news.com.au.
The Thompson family and friends were heading into their new home after they spent some time in the pool when they heard a blood-curdling scream coming. The sight that Evan Thompson had to witness is truly every parent's nightmare come true.
"I just heard this bunch of screaming. I instantly turned around and just saw what was happening," Thompson told 7NEWS. A large scrub python had found its way around his four-year-old son Clifford. "It was just a massive snake. Its head was very big and was latched onto his leg," Thompson said. "At that stage, he was holding onto the side of the boardwalk and it was just pulling him into the bush."
Jesus Christ. Glad the kid is ok. Queensland boy, 4, saved by dad after massive snake tries to pull him to his death https://t.co/8tCZYEV1QD— Deputy Mayor Susanne Newton (@susannenewton) December 20, 2019
Evan's instincts took over, but he knew it was not going to be easy against the huge python. "I knew I had to do something so I ran straight up and punched it straight in the head," he said. "It let go, which was great. But as soon as it let go, it curled right back up and went straight and bit him again on the upper right leg. At that stage, it started to yank him back further and I could see it start to cause a significant cut to his leg."
Queensland boy, 4, saved by dad after massive snake tries to pull him to his death From https://t.co/hXk1Y71K2I— Diaz HUB (@DiazHub) December 20, 2019
It is hard for your reflexes to kick in when something like this happens but Evan managed to help his son. "I knew I had to do something then and there. I grabbed its jaw and bent it back as hard as I could. I could see he was getting pulled underneath into the bush, which is the last place I wanted him to be." At one point, Evan managed to tug on the snake and it released little Clifford who made use of the opportunity to run away as fast as he could.
However, the reptile wasn't going to go without a fight. "The snaked dropped back down and tried to get back onto the boardwalk at my son," Thompson said. "I had to run around, grab it on the tail, and just pull this thing away from Clifford as it was constantly trying to get back at him. At that stage, I'm screaming out. I can't do this on my own."
Thankfully, Evan's friend came to his aid and they somehow managed to kill the snake. Evans stated that they inspected the snake and concluded it to be around five meters long. "I've never seen a snake that aggressive," he said.
"I knew I had to do something so I ran straight up and punched it straight in the head”— Matty Yay!! (@matty_yay) December 21, 2019
"The fact he just kept coming back is something I haven't experienced before." To experience something this horrific just days after moving into a new home is simply unimaginable. An "absolutely terrified" Clifford is now recovering in Mackay hospital from a deep leg laceration. "He's been quite well actually," said Thompson. "He's a tough kid. He's tough as nails. It's just good to have him up and going. It wasn't a minor incident. Even for us adults, it shook us up a bit."