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Rector’s Dog Escapes Python at Dombo Dam 2019

The Peterhouse Boys Snake Club were involved in the dramatic rescue of the Rector’s dog at the weekend.
The boys were in Calderwood Park looking for non-venomous snakes for the club’s snake pit when the drama took place.

Mr and Mrs Blackett were in the park together with their eldest daughter Alice, who was over from the UK, and their three year old cocker spaniel Ruby.
Ruby had just gone to the water’s edge at Dombo Dam in anticipation of a stick being thrown into the water when a giant 3.6 metre long python grabbed her rear leg and began to coil around her. Mr Blackett immediately grabbed the python by its tail and dragged the snake (and Ruby) out of the shallows. Alice, too, began to wrestle with the coiling snake while Mrs Blackett took charge of Ruby who was panicking.

Mr Scott Walraven and five Snake Club boys ran to help as the snake was refusing to let go. With eight pairs of hands on the snake preventing it from coiling, a stick was used to force the snake to release its mouth from Ruby’s back leg.

Great teamwork everyone!

Thankfully Ruby was not badly injured sustaining only puncture wounds and bruising to her back leg. She is also recovering well from the trauma of the incident, happily barking at and chasing the monkeys.


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