Family Saves Puppy From Seven-Foot Python's Jaws: 'Like Something From a Horror Movie'

An Australian family saved their 10-week-old puppy from the grips of a large python on Tuesday after they heard the pet yelping in pain.

Kelly Morris and her partner, who live on Australia's Sunshine Coast, told ABC News that they found the puppy, named "Wally," lying in a pool of blood in a scene that she described as being reminiscent of a "crime scene."

The snake—a seven-foot-long carpet python—had bitten Wally on the face and was in the process of constricting the puppy when the owners came to the rescue.

"We heard a horrible sound and we thought he might have fallen or got stuck so we ran downstairs, and it was like something from a horror movie," Morris told ABC.

"There was fluid everywhere, he'd weed and pooed himself and there was blood everywhere. This snake was wrapped around Wally's stomach and neck and was latched onto Wally's face."

The couple grabbed the snake and slowly uncoiled it, releasing the puppy's head from its fangs.

"He appeared to be O.K., but his little eyes were starting to roll back in his eyelids," Morris said. "There was a lot of noise and [our daughters] were getting upset, the commotion woke them up."

"We managed to get it off and into a pillowcase and put the snake in a rubbish bin so it couldn't get anywhere."

In the process of trying to untangle the python, Morris was also bitten by the python, according to a Facebook post published by Sunshine Coast Snake Catchers 24/7—a local snake removal business that attended to the incident.

After the attack, the family rushed Wally to the vet, where the puppy was treated for his injuries, which included a bruised lung. The owners say he is now recovering well.

"We are so relieved and especially the kids are happy to see he's OK," Morris said. "It was just like something from TV or a movie, honestly. You see things on Facebook and go, 'That would never happen to me.'"

Stuart McKenzie from Sunshine Coast Snake Catchers said the puppy was lucky to be alive and the owners found him just in time.

"When a snake's in hunting mode they're extremely powerful and extremely strong... it doesn't take long for the snake to constrict," McKenzie told ABC. "Luckily, they managed to get the snake off before we got there so the hard work was done.

"If they had have waited for us to get there the dog would have been dead. But luckily everybody was fine."

When the snake catchers arrived at the home, they captured the python and released it back into the bush, unharmed, away from nearby homes and roads.

"Luckily in the end the dog, the owner and the snake were fine. Please before you get angry at the snake just understand that the python was simply looking for food and it just so happened to stumble across Wally the small puppy dog!" the Facebook post read.

It is very unusual for a snake to try and eat a pet dog or cat, but the small size of the puppy meant the python would have been able to swallow it, McKenzie said.

"It happens all the time with chickens, guinea pigs, birds, that sort of thing, but dogs and cats it's pretty rare," he told ABC. "We get maybe one, two or three for the year with a dog or a cat, but generally they're too big in size."

"But when you get a really, really small puppy, then it can work because if you get a big carpet python coming through and it's looking for food, they can easily swallow possums and some dogs are the same size as a possum."

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A carpet python is seen in a tree on October 22, 2017 in Brisbane, Australia. Michelle McMaster/Getty Images