4-foot python attacks 15-month-old boy in Charlotte park

A 15-month-old boy suffered minor injuries when he was attacked by a 4-foot ball python in a Mecklenburg County park here. Full Story
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supermom

United States

#1 Aug 1, 2007
ok, let's see. a large snake wraps itself around a toddler's leg and bites it, and the only thing the pet store owner says is "why hurt the snake"? nice priorities.
Mr Buick

Mills River, NC

#2 Aug 1, 2007
I would have removed the damn things head! I hate those things.
ncbengal

United States

#3 Aug 1, 2007
Abandonment?
Physical abuse?
Harmless?
Its property invaded?
Sounds like a case for PETA and the ACLU. Never mind the bites and infection to the infant.
Ice Cream Man

Greensboro, NC

#4 Aug 1, 2007
The pet store owner is an ignoramus for that ridiculous comment. That's kinda like saying "Sure the burgler had a gun, but is was defective....I mean he was harmless"
Gail

Fairport, NY

#5 Aug 1, 2007
I totally agree 'supermom', What if it was the pet store owner's kid...he would have done the same thing. I'm all for animal rights, but my first instinct is to protect my child!!!!!!! What an A##!!!!!!
JBM

Valdosta, GA

#6 Aug 1, 2007
It's not a "harmless thing." It's a 4 foot snake that attacked a small child. What if it had been around his neck instead of his leg. When it comes to snakes, kill 'em all and let God sort 'em out.
COMMON SENSE

Venus, PA

#7 Aug 1, 2007
WHY ATTACK A HARMLESS THING? BECAUSE IT HAD A 15 MONTH OLD CHILD WRAPPED UP-DUH!!!!!!!!!!1

Since: Feb 07

Cullowhee

#8 Aug 1, 2007
Sorry but the pet store owner is an idiot. I hate snakes and cannot for the life of me understand WHY anyone would want one for a pet. But if they choose to have one they should be responsible for any damage it causes. I'm glad the child is okay.

And Common Sense you hit the nail on the head.

“Why do ya need to know that?”

Since: Feb 07

Leicester

#9 Aug 1, 2007
MsLyn wrote:
Sorry but the pet store owner is an idiot. I hate snakes and cannot for the life of me understand WHY anyone would want one for a pet. But if they choose to have one they should be responsible for any damage it causes. I'm glad the child is okay.
And Common Sense you hit the nail on the head.
I love animals. A snake is a reptile. I will keep on loving the animals, but a snake can stay away from me and I will return the favor. Thats what the other half is around to take care of, for me. I hope this poor child is ok. I couldnt imagine. My hair would probably turn gray and I would die of a heart attack if this had happened to me. NASTY!!
lezleigh

Asheville, NC

#12 Aug 1, 2007
Why attack a harmless thing???? Why did that harmless thing attack a harmless child??? The mother had every right to panic and the workers did a wonderful job to help her. I raise my hat to you workers, and to the mother for taking the attack so well.
JacksonCounty NC

Cullowhee, NC

#13 Aug 1, 2007
I fully agree with everyone. This little boy could have been hurt badly. I don't think people should have these things as pets - they belong in the rainforest as nature intended. But if people insist on having them, they need to be responsible.
Curtis Griggs

United States

#14 Aug 2, 2007
Harmless thing- this person is NUTS- the snake could have killed the child-
Ballpythonnut

Madison, WI

#15 Aug 2, 2007
Ball pythons are a small, non-venomous snake that rarely exceeds 4-5 feet and are almost always docile and passive. It is likely that the snake bit only as a defensive response to being startled or perhaps even stepped on. A cat or dog would likely do the same, only with much worse results. Ball pythons do NOT pose a significant risk to humans; only mice and other small rodents their prey items. There's also no reason (other than ignorance perhaps) to beat the snake afterward.

Since: Feb 07

Cullowhee

#16 Aug 3, 2007
Ballpythonnut wrote:
Ball pythons are a small, non-venomous snake that rarely exceeds 4-5 feet and are almost always docile and passive. It is likely that the snake bit only as a defensive response to being startled or perhaps even stepped on. A cat or dog would likely do the same, only with much worse results. Ball pythons do NOT pose a significant risk to humans; only mice and other small rodents their prey items. There's also no reason (other than ignorance perhaps) to beat the snake afterward.
From my understanding they had to "beat the snake" to make it let go of the child.

Since: Feb 07

Cullowhee

#17 Aug 3, 2007
From the article:
"She screamed for help and two maintenance workers rushed over. One hit the nonvenomous snake with a shovel before trapping it in a bucket, said Karla Thornhill of Mecklenburg Park and Recreation."
PCF

Greer, SC

#18 Aug 3, 2007
If anything had its teeth in my child or anyone elses the natural reaction is to attack. Regardless of my love for animals that snake would have been dead on the spot.
JacksonCounty NC

Cullowhee, NC

#19 Aug 3, 2007
Ballpythonnut wrote:
Ball pythons are a small, non-venomous snake that rarely exceeds 4-5 feet and are almost always docile and passive. It is likely that the snake bit only as a defensive response to being startled or perhaps even stepped on. A cat or dog would likely do the same, only with much worse results. Ball pythons do NOT pose a significant risk to humans; only mice and other small rodents their prey items. There's also no reason (other than ignorance perhaps) to beat the snake afterward.
What was the snake doing out in the first place? They belong in the rainforest, period.
Ballpythonnut

Madison, WI

#20 Aug 3, 2007
Wait, this story says the mother pulled the snake off and threw it before the workers beat it. There seems to be differing versions of the story. Which actually happened?
http://www.wcnc.com/news/local/stories/wcnc-0...

PCF, it may be a natural reaction but it is not the proper one. Animals will only become more willing to bite or attack when injured, therefore worsening the situation.
PCF

Greer, SC

#21 Aug 3, 2007
Ballpythonnut,
You are probably right... but I have to say I would be so frantic at the sight of a snake latched on to my childs leg that doing the right thing for the creature would not be my first thought.
Meredeth

Indian Trail, NC

#22 Aug 6, 2007
JacksonCounty NC wrote:
I fully agree with everyone. This little boy could have been hurt badly. I don't think people should have these things as pets - they belong in the rainforest as nature intended. But if people insist on having them, they need to be responsible.
NOT ALL snakes reside in the rainforest firt of all. I agree that the owner should have been more resposible and either not let it loose or if the snake escaped they should have had a proper cage for the animal. YET, many people do the same with cats and dogs (where do you think we get strays from)that pass diseases, attack children, etc. More people are attacked by dogs than snakes anyday. Furthermore the child would not have been "hurt badly" by that small of a snake that was nonvenomous snake. Also her child simply got bitten by a snake, it could have been a poisinous copperhead which would naturally make Freedom Park its home or what about a king or black snake, both indiginous and can reach over 6ft. Why people are so scared of an animal that naturally wants to be away from people, helps keep the rodent population down, etc. I will never understand. Do you have ANY idea what kind of diseases would run rampant if we did not have snakes (i.e. bubonic plague)? If we lived as nature intended the world would not be being destroyed and snakes would not be in cages to begin with; we would not have cars or tv, dont be so biased as to believe other people need to leave nature as intended when I am sure you MUST do many things that are NOT as nature intended!!!

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