Vet Nadia Sternberg of Herriot House Vet Surgery cares for Sassee the cat. The 12-year-old cat was attacked by a wild python.
Vet Nadia Sternberg of Herriot House Vet Surgery cares for Sassee the cat. The 12-year-old cat was attacked by a wild python. Dave Noonan

Animal lover rescues her cat from the jaws of a wild python

NOTHING comes between Toowoomba resident Isobel Coleman and her beloved cat, not even a hungry three-metre long python.

Incredibly, Ms Coleman rescued her 12-year-old cat, Sassee, from the jaws of the wild snake.

She caught the snake snacking on her kitty on her Table Top Estate home veranda, and quickly took action to save her Sassee.

"I live by myself and these creatures are my mates," she said.

"I was shouting 'no, no, no'.

"I was absolutely petrified.

"But I knew if I didn't do anything then the snake would constrict my mate."

The snake had dug its long fangs into Sassee's rear leg, and was coiling the rest of its body around her.

Ms Coleman grabbed the snake by its tail and shook.

She described her action similar to a "yo-yo" motion.

"I got a hold of the snake and shook it as hard as I could," Ms Coleman said.

"Eventually Sassee was freed and just bolted."

Ms Coleman was then confronted with the issue of having a hungry python in her backyard.

Having worked for Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service, Ms Coleman knows a thing or two about animals.

"Eventually I got a hold of a bag and put its head into the bag," she said.

Ms Coleman then deposited the captured snake with a neighbour who contacted a local snake catcher.

The catcher recommended that the snake be relocated to a new home, 10 kilometres away.

Ms Coleman said it wasn't the python's first visit to the neighbourhood.

In fact she had removed the snake from her yard the night before the cat attack.

"I have been here since 2005," she said.

"Every now and then the python has manifested itself.

"We have watched it grow bigger and bigger."

Sassee sustained a dislocated hip in the attack, required stitches to her hind leg and suffered internal injuries.

Veterinarian Nadia Sternberg of Harriot House Vets expects Sassee will be able to go home later this week.

Despite robbing one of her cat's nine lives, animal lover Ms Coleman doesn't blame or hold any ill feelings towards the snake.

"This is something that people need to be aware about," she said.



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