A brave grandfather has been praised for his courageous act which saved the life of his young grandson who was being strangled to death by a giant python.
After hearing the screams of his daughter, Ronald Rutland didn’t wait a second to rush to the side of little Naish who was entangled in a death grip by the snake while playing outside, 7 News reports.
It only took a moment for the python to wrap it’s body around the toddler’s arm, biting him twice on the forearm before attaching itself to the back of his upper arm.
Without any thought, the loving grandfather quickly reached through the folds of the snake’s body, grabbing it behind the head and squeezing it tightly in hopes that it would cut off its blood supply.
When that failed, Rutland opted for a knife, using all his force to stab it in the back and hopefully injure it enough that it would open its mouth.
“The snake wrapped around my arm three times, I could hear the heart boom, boom, boom,” he explained to 7 News.
“I thought I’m going to have to do something… injure it somehow so it will let go. I started stabbing its back, probably about five foot from its head… I looked down and he opened his mouth.”
Thankfully, Naish’s mother Amanda was able to quickly entangle her son from the snake’s body, leaving Rutford in the python’s grip.
“I proceeded to stab him [the snake] in the back of the head and chop his head off which took a fair while… I pulled my arm out of the wraps and dropped him to the floor,” the grandfather said.
Thankfully both grandfather and grandson are in good condition following the frightening event that almost claimed the life of little Naish.
Earlier this year another grandfather was hailed a hero after saving his granddaughter from an eastern brown snake bite, by taking the bite himself instead, the Bundaberg News Mail reported.
Bundaberg man Chris Harrison was raking leaves in his yard with his toddler granddaughter Sophie and wife Maree when he spotted the snake under a mango tree. “She was right beside me, helping rake,” he said of the little girl.
Quickly shouting for Sophie to move out of the way, Harrison said his wife grabbed the little girl and at the same time he felt a sharp pain in his foot. Thankfully he received treatment straight away and recovered from the bite.