Boy wins in snake fight

The West Australian - - NEWS - RAPHAELLA SAROUKOS

When lit­tle Ben Gor­man woke to find a snake bit­ing his leg yes­ter­day, the plucky lit­tle Top En­der didn’t panic.

“I got my knee up then I ripped it off and threw it at the win­dow,” the six-year-old said.

“I didn’t scream. I was so brave I could just pick it up and throw it. I was hold­ing it right be­hind the head so it couldn’t bite me.

“If you hold it on the tail, it can bend and bite you.”

The boy from Lam­bells La­goon, about 50km south-east of Dar­win, called out to his mum Micha Gor­man, who called triple-0.

Ben, pic­tured, was taken to Palmer­ston Re­gional Hos­pi­tal to be treated for two bites.

An an­i­mal han­dler re­moved the 1m-long slatey-grey snake, which are not poi­sonous.

Ms Gor­man was proud of her son, who also en­sured the safety of his five-year-old brother Lachie who was sleep­ing in the same room.

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