Hollie van Es posted this photo of the snake on Facebook
Hollie van Es posted this photo of the snake on Facebook Hollie van Es | Facebook

Mum heard "painful scream" as snake attacked son in bed

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A NSW mother heard her son scream. What she found was a 3m snake attacking him in his bed.

Tamara Thurgood said, in a statement made on Facebook, she woke up around 11.30pm on Thursday to her son Tyler's "painful scream".

"I jumped out of bed and went to Tyler to find a big effing snake wrapped around the bed head.

"I grabbed his arm to pull him off the bed but he was stuck. So I rolled him and then pulled."

Ms Thurgood said he had been bitten on the face and finger. 

Tyler was bitten on the face and finger.
Tyler was bitten on the face and finger. Hollie van Es | Facebook

"I then called my cousin Skye, who woke her partner Daniel, then rang her brother Brady."

She said Brady was next door and both men were at her house in Eungai Rail near Macksville, NSW within five minutes.

"I said: 'I won't be happy until the snake is dead!' I'd say both boys were scared but stayed there to make sure they got the bastard [snake] that attacked my son."

Ms Thurgood is now asking to be left alone "so my kids and I can settle back down into normal life".

"It was terrifying enough without being reminded every day and being asked to explain what happened," Ms Thurgood said.

The story has attracted international media attention.

Tamara Thurgood posted this photo with details of the snake attack on Facebook.
Tamara Thurgood posted this photo with details of the snake attack on Facebook. Tamara Thurgood | Facebook

Hollie Thurgood, believed to be Tyler's auntie, first posted details of the attack on Facebook on Sunday night.

She described how a "huge 3 metre python" climbed up onto the top bunk of her nephew Tyler's bed while he was asleep.

"Tammy herd [sic] the scream and ran in and had to pull the snake off him."

Ms Thurgood said it had bitten him a few times on his face and hand. 

"Thank god Brady came to save the day and got rid of it."

The Australian Reptile Park has been contacted for comment.



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