Cat at­tacked by python

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - AN­GELIQUE PAT­TER­SON

BLOS­SOM the cat had used up most of her lives try­ing to fend off a large python keen for a tabby snack be­fore her owner came to the res­cue with a shovel.

Blos­som was laz­ing in her Tri­ton Court home around 10am last Sun­day when sud­denly own­ers Sally and Ge­orge Humphries heard her cry out.

“I was in the laun­dry when I heard rustling from the tree and knew the cat was out there and thought she was play­ing with a lizard,” Sally said.

“I heard her in dis­tress and called to my hus­band and he ran out and saw a very big python com­pletely wrapped around the cat and she is not small, she is a fully-grown 5kg cat.”

Ge­orge grabbed the shovel and hit the python, which star­tled it enough to let go of Blos­som.

“I tried to pick it up and I couldn’t it was so heavy, and also the fact I tried to made it tighten its grip con­strict­ing Blos­som,” Ge­orge said.

“That’s when I thought I’d give it a knock with the spade - I would like to em­pha­sis the fact I wasn’t try­ing to harm the snake or any­thing, I was just try­ing to make it let go of the cat.

“Its head was in among the cat so I hit the outer body, just enough to make it re­lease her and it slith­ered off be­hind the fence into the fauna.

“All I could see was Blos­som’s tail, I knew it was pretty big by the thick­ness, I would say about four me­tres.”

Blos­som suf­fered a bad bite to her face and some in­ter­nal dam­age, but noth­ing too se­ri­ous, and un­der­went surgery on Tues­day af­ter­noon.

“My hus­band was very brave and it was for­tu­nate I was in the laun­dry when it hap­pened,” Sally said.

“This is a warn­ing, peo­ple need to know what hap­pened be­cause I would hate for any­one else to go through this - I think Blos­som has def­i­nitely used up an­other of her nine lives.”

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