Re: Pet Python Strangles Toddler in Her Bed
- From: "JonesieCat" <jonesiecactus@xxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Thu, 02 Jul 2009 22:56:27 GMT
"M" <mcl2@xxxxxxxx> wrote in message
On Jul 1, 9:02 pm, "bella" <tinydancer...@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
PetPythonStrangles Toddler in Her Bed
Python owner may be charged in death
OXFORD, Fla., July 2 (UPI) -- The owner of a Burmese python that
strangled a 2-year-old girl in Oxford, Fla., may soon face charges in
the incident, according to state law.
WKMG-TV, Orlando, said Jason Darnell may be charged with not
adequately securing his pet python under Florida statutes regarding
The 8 1/2-foot snake owned by Darnell, who could also be charged with
child neglect and failing to have a license for his exotic animal,
killed young Shaiunna Hare Wednesday as she slept in her family's
Sumter County home. The animal had escaped from its cage prior to
attacking the child.
Darnell's daughter, Kirsten, told WKMG Shaiunna routinely played with
"She would always play with it -- she would hug it and pick it up by
its head and hug it and everything," Kirsten said.
The deadly incident prompted a call for more stringent exotic pet
regulations by state officials from Nick Atwood, an Animal Rights
Foundation of Florida campaign coordinator.
"This is a tragic, tragic accident," Atwood told The Miami Herald. "It
only reinforces our belief that the state needs to do more to regulate
and control exotic species."
Sounds like at least they got to the body before the snake consumed her. I
recall two other cases here like this one. Creepy to think the snakes
allowed play. Then later squeezed them to death. And snakes only attacked
when the children were vulnerable/alone. Somehow instinctual but -? I'm
thinking that in the wild, when snakes come across easy prey that doesn't
resist much, their bodies instinctively contract around it, and tighten...
And then they relax again, rest, until at some point they begin to feel
hungry, which might not be for days?
Hope all snake owners take note.
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