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11-year-old Karnataka boy fights off Python attack

  • The python attacked him from behind and tried to bite into his head.
  • The 11-year-old wounded the eyes of the python.
Python attack

An 11-year-old fearless boy not only fought off a python to save his own life but also saved another person in the process.


Vaishakha (11), a resident of a Sajipa village in Dakshina Kannada district was returning from school when he was attacked by a python. 


The python attacked from behind and caught hold of his head. Vaishakha fell down but instead of panicking he took a stone that was lying nearby and hit the reptile several times. The child wounded the eyes of the python. But just as the boy tried to escape, the python him again. It bit his finger and caught hold of his leg.


Even as this was happening, a young girl, who was passing by the road tried to intervene, however, the boy asked her to stay away and kept fighting alone.


He then somehow managed to escape.


“I came home from the school, there was no one in my house. Hence I went to my grandma’s house. Then a snake jumped on me from a tree branch and caught hold of my head. I took a tile’s piece that was lying nearby and counter attacked it, I wounded its eye and ran away,” Vaishakha told Asianet Survarna.


Harinakshi, Vaishakha's mother told Asianet Suvarna says that he has fought with the snake for about 20 minutes. “It would not have released him from its grip if he had not wounded the eye” she says. Now the boy is taking treatment in a private hospital in Mangaluru.


The hospital authorities said that the child is out of danger and would recover soon.


“He was admitted to the hospital at around 8 p.m. he was quite stable when he arrived here. Python is non-venomous. But he has sustained some wounds due to the bites. But he is out of danger ” said Dr. Sridhar Avabhrut.


Ivan D’souza, the legislator of Mangalore South Constituency has appreciated the bravery of the boy and he’ll recommend his name for the National Bravery Award.





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