A puppy had a lucky escape after a 6ft python tried to eat it in a blood-soaked scene ‘like a horror movie’.
The 10-week-old wolfhound cross, named Wally, had to be rescued by his owners after becoming trapped in the reptile’s jaws in Australia.
He was pictured with blood on his face after the terrifying encounter with the two-metre (6ft5” long) carpet python on Tuesday.
The snake was wrapped around his stomach and neck and latched onto his face.
His owners thought the dog might have got stuck or fallen over after hearing him yelping in pain, ABC News reported.
Kelly Morris and her partner ran downstairs in their home in Caloundra West, on the Sunshine Coast, only to discover the horrifying scene.
She said the python had slithered into their home to find his prey, and discovered “this lovely snack” sitting on the sofa.
She said: "We heard a horrible sound and we thought he might have fallen or got stuck so we ran downstairs, and it was like something from a horror movie.
"There was fluid everywhere, he'd weed and pooed himself and there was blood everywhere.
"This snake was wrapped around Wally's stomach and neck and was latched onto Wally's face."
The couple quickly tried to uncoil the reptile and release the dog’s head from its fangs.
Ms Morris said Wally seemed “to be ok”, but his eyes were “starting to roll back in his eyelids”.
She said the loud commotion woke their daughters up.
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Ms Morris added: "We managed to get it off and into a pillowcase and put the snake in a rubbish bin so it couldn't get anywhere.”
His owners took Wally to the emergency vet in Tanawha.
They did an X-ray “on his little rib cage and everything to make sure he was OK”, Ms Morris explained.
She added: "They gave him some heavy painkillers and antibiotics, he got a bit of a bruised lung on one side and they said to keep an eye on him.”
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The young pup, who had only been living with the family for two weeks, is recovering well from the ordeal.
Ms Morris added: “We are so relieved and especially the kids are happy to see he's OK.
"It was just like something from TV or a movie, honestly.”
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A crew from Sunshine Coast Snake Catchers 24/7 went to the home to find the snake.
Snake catcher Stuart McKenzie said there was “just blood everywhere, all over the lady”.
He added Wally was lucky to be alive thanks to his owners finding him.
Mr McKenzie said a snake in hunting mode is “extremely powerful and extremely strong” and it doesn’t take long for it to constrict.
He said: "If they had have waited for us to get there the dog would have been dead.”
It was very rare for a snake to try to eat a cat or dog, he added.
But he warned a “really, really small puppy” can work for a big carpet python looking for food.
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