A puppy luckily escaped after a six-foot 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 its owners after being trapped in the reptile’s jaws in Australia.
He was pictured with blood on his face after the terrifying encounter with the six-foot carpet python on Tuesday.
The snake was wrapped around his belly and neck and clamped to his face.
His owners thought the dog might get stuck or fall over after hearing him scream in pain, ABC news reported.
Kelly Morris and her partner ran downstairs to their home in Caloundra West, on the Sunshine Coast, to discover the gruesome scene.
She said the python had sneaked into their home to look for its prey, and discovered “this delicious snack” sitting on the couch.
She said, “We heard a terrible noise and we thought maybe he had fallen or got stuck, so we ran down, and it was like a horror movie.
“There was moisture everywhere, he had weeded himself and poetry, and blood was everywhere.
“This snake was wrapped around Wally’s stomach and neck and clamped to Wally’s face.”
The pair quickly attempted to unwrap the reptile and free the dog’s head from its fangs.
Ms. Morris said that Wally seemed “fine” but his eyes “started to roll back into his lids”.
She said the loud commotion woke their daughters.
Ms Morris added, “We managed to get it off and in a pillowcase and put the hose in a trash can so it can’t get anywhere.”
His owners took Wally to the emergency doctor in Tanawha.
They took an X-ray “on his little rib cage and everything to make sure everything was okay,” 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 told them to keep an eye on him.”
The young puppy, who had only lived with the family for two weeks, is recovering well from the ordeal.
Ms. Morris added: “We are so relieved and especially the children are happy to see that he is okay.
“To be honest, it was like TV or a movie.”
A crew of Sunshine Coast Snake Catchers 24/7 went to the house to find the snake.
Snake catcher Stuart McKenzie said there was “just blood all over the place, all over the lady.”
He added that Wally was lucky enough to be alive thanks to the fact that his owners found him.
Mr. McKenzie said a snake in hunt mode is “extremely powerful and extremely strong” and it doesn’t take long for it to contract.
He said, “If they’d waited until we got there, the dog would’ve been dead.”
It was very rare for a snake to try to eat a cat or dog, he added.
But he cautioned that a “very, very small puppy” can work for a large carpet python looking for food.