Dog walker uses her pocket knife to fight off 15-foot python which tried to kill her mongrel

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  • Dog in Hong Kong park attacked by Burmese python while out on a walk
  • Owner tried punching the serpent to get it to release her pooch
  • When that failed she stabbed it in the head with a pocket knife

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Ted Thornhill

03:19 EST, 12 May 2014


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08:10 EST, 12 May 2014

A dog owner has told of her frantic battle to save her pet from a 15-foot python that had coiled around it – using a pocket knife.

Courtney Link saved her dog, Dexter, from the enormous snake by stabbing it in the head, after punches she’d unleashed on the serpent failed to make it loosen its grip.

Mrs Link was walking Dexter with her husband in Hong Kong’s Sai Kung West Country Park last weekend when the terrifying encounter took place.

Recovery: Dexter received deep bites from the python

Recovery: Dexter received deep bites from the python

Desperate: A British ex-pat dog walker in Hong Kong has told of her frantic battle with a python after it coiled around her pet dog

Desperate: A British ex-pat dog walker in Hong Kong has told of her frantic battle with a python after it coiled around her pet dog

Well-exercised: Dexter (left) out on a walk with another dog before the python attack

Well-exercised: Dexter (left) out on a walk with another dog before the python attack

Dexter
Dexter

Saved: Mrs Link found Dexter as a stray puppy, close to death, and said that he means the world to her

Dexter ran out of sight at one point – and a few moments later the pair heard  ‘frantic barking and a strange gurgling noise’, according to The South China Morning Post.

To their horror, they found a huge Burmese python coiled around Dexter’s head, neck and body.

Mrs Link, a British expatriate, desperately punched the snake repeatedly, but to no avail. Then her husband handed her his pocket knife.

Mrs Link, who runs a care service for animals called The Pet Nanny, said: ‘Dexter was starting to weaken and he eventually stopped struggling altogether. At that point we really thought we had lost him. So when I suddenly saw the snake’s head, I just started stabbing furiously.’

Dedicated: Mrs Link runs an animal care service

Dedicated: Mrs Link runs an animal care service

Weapon: Mrs Link used a pocket knife similar to this to fend off the snake, which was coiled around her dog's head, neck and body

Weapon: Mrs Link used a pocket knife similar to this to fend off the snake, which was coiled around her dog’s head, neck and body

This had the desired effect and the reptile slithered away.

Dexter, who weighs around three and a half stone, was left in a state of shock and suffered deep bite wounds, but has now made a full recovery and is back to his energetic self, according to Mrs Link.

Luckily for Dexter, his owner had recently completed an animal first aid course and put her skills to use in the immediate aftermath of the attack.

She told MailOnline: ‘Dexter is incredibly special to us as I found him as a stray puppy very sick, emaciated and close to death.

‘He is also my first dog, a life long dream to have a canine companion. He has transformed my life and motivated me to become a Canine CPR Emergency Responder in case I needed to save his life one day. I completed this course in the UK in March 2014. So amazingly well timed.’

The python is a protected species in Hong Kong and Mrs Link said she only stabbed the one that attacked Dexter as a last resort.

Adult Burmese pythons usually grow to around 15 feet in length, with the biggest ever recorded, in Florida, being 18 feet.

They favour rats and mice, but will take pigs and goats – and even alligators.

Researchers, meanwhile, have discovered something new about Burmese pythons – the snakes are really good at finding their way home.

Size matters: University of Florida staff next to the longest Burmese python ever recorded - which measured 18 feet, eight inches

Size matters: University of Florida staff next to the longest Burmese python ever recorded – which measured 18 feet, eight inches

Researchers caught six pythons in South Florida’s Everglades National Park, implanted radio transmitters under their skins and released them up to two dozen miles from where they were captured. Surprisingly, the snakes found their way home within months.

According to research being published in the journal Biology Letters, the pythons slithered with a purpose instead of moving randomly across the wetlands. It’s unclear how the snakes mapped their routes.

The discovery about pythons’ unusual navigational abilities doesn’t immediately help Florida’s wildlife agencies trying to curb the python population in Florida wetlands. The tan, splotchy snakes are notoriously hard to spot in the Everglades even when tracked with transmitters.


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Paul Lonsdale,

West Sussex,

1 week ago

That Poor Snake, it’s a bit much to deprive him of his Dinner. It is a Snake eat Dog world out there.

bdr182,

Chester, United Kingdom,

1 week ago

He had to, was on his way to vote UKIP before the polling closed.

username42,

Saarfffff, United Kingdom,

1 week ago

No doubt in the UK I’m expected to ask it politely to stop and then wait for ‘the authorities’.

Tgard11,

AngusDD, United Kingdom,

1 week ago

I dont mind snakes, but if I would do the same if one threatened my lovely dog.

The Duke,

Chester, United Kingdom,

1 week ago

But you can’t carry a pocket knife any more

Geezer,

Wigan, United Kingdom,

1 week ago

Who cant carry a pocket knife. watch me.

kirsty,

manchester, United Kingdom,

1 week ago

She will pribly get done for carrying the knife

NineHoursAway,

Nottingham, United Kingdom,

1 week ago

She wasn’t in the UK at the time so won’t have to worry about the pathetic box ticking jobsworths!

ADF8702,

Blackburn, United Kingdom,

1 week ago

Bit un professional of the Florida researchers could of used a tape measure.

Goldie,

Bridgend,

1 week ago

..could OF used a tape measure…what nonsense is that…

Chelsea,

Essex, United Kingdom,

1 week ago

“Her mongrel”? You mean her dog don’t you. What is a ‘mongrel’ after all.

Mackem Lass,

La.Manga-Spain,

1 week ago

You have to laugh…..”the husband handed his pen knife to his wife”! Divorce him dear…..

Frank Valentyn,

Johannesburg,

1 week ago

Ah… here’s my penknife darling – I’ll just be behind that tree…

dynofon,

Ynys Mon,

1 week ago

Well done brave lady, get well soon doggy. I HATE SNAKES!

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Chelsea,

Essex, United Kingdom,

1 week ago

Here’s another red arrow Futurist.

Becca,

Liverpool,

1 week ago

The Futurist is such a strange person. It pops up on every article about dogs to tell us it doesn’t like dogs. I think someone needs to get a dog and perhaps go outside every so often…

Dog walker,

England, United Kingdom,

1 week ago

Thank goodness she had that knife, brave lady, hope the dog gets better soon.

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