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Burmese Python Kills 2 Year Old..

Discussion in 'Burmese Pythons' started by ShortStack, Jan 2, 2011.

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  1. ShortStack

    ShortStack Member

    I was taking my Christmas tree down today, and was using the newspaper to wrap my ornamets. When I grabbed one of the pages, an article caught my eye. In 2009 a Burmese python(which was kept illegally) that was about half the normal weight, killed a 2 year old girl near Orlando. The snake was kept in a 150-gallon aquarium, with a QUILT for the "lid". It had not eaten in over a month, and had escaped earlier in the night and the boyfriend of the child's mother found her in the hallway. He stuffed the snake in a mesh bag..with a hole in it!..and put her in the unsecured aquarium. When he woke up the next morning, the snake was wrapped around the child's head. Neither the mother nor her boyfriend were working and had no money to feed that snake, or their other one. The child's grandmother offered to pay for food for the snake, keep them at her house, or buy secured enclosures, and all of her offers were refused. The last meal the snake had was a roadkill squirrel.

    Thankfully, this was the first documented instance of a non-venomous constrictor killing a child in the state, ever. However, it's still beyond sad that the ignorance and negligence for both the child and the animal has resulted in this poor baby's death. The snake was reported to be gentle, and the parents were shocked that she would attack the child. That just further proves their ignorance, if you ask me. Any animal that is starved, will search for food. And an animal doesn't have the awareness to say, hey that's a child and I shouldn't eat it. The snake is not to blame, but the parents, and I hope they are tried to the full extent. They are facing up to 15 years each. It's just another case where an adult's stupidity results in tragedy. And it's people like these that will cause all snakes to become illegal to own. Hopefully us responsible pet owners can rally together and prove that not every situation is like this.

    When I owned my pitbull I saw stories like this threaten my right to own a dog, and now that I am getting into snakes, I hate to see it happening again.
     
  2. Merlin

    Merlin Administrator Staff Member Premium Member

  3. bucher70

    bucher70 Elite Member

    I read about this recently, very sad story! Leave it to a stupid human to ruin the good name of the responsible people in this world. Grrr. I get so angry to hear such stories
     
  4. Dragoness

    Dragoness Elite Member

    I remember this, and I saw some of the follow up too.

    The snake was taken to a shelter, and rehabilitated (not killed)

    the guy was charged with like 5 different things, and is or was serving jail time. Charges were something along the lines of reckless child endangerment, neglect, negligent manslaughter, etc.

    Bad Karma sucks, I'm glad his caught up with him.
     
  5. ShortStack

    ShortStack Member

    I was surprised the snake was not killed. Typically when there is an attack, the animal is. I'm glad she wasn't, but still very saddened for the child. What blows my mind is the grandmother knew the situation and after her responsible efforts were denied, she didn't take any further steps.
     
  6. Dragoness

    Dragoness Elite Member

    There are a lot of things about that whole situation that blow my mind - though it all boils down to one basic thing:

    The people underestimated the snake. Underestimated what it was capable of, what it can/would do. Perhaps they fell into the trap of anthropomorphic belief - "The snake wouldn't do that - that's my daughter! S/he knows better"
     
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