A South Australian father was taken to hospital after being bitten while trying to protect his two-year-old daughter from a snake.
Jake Coombe from Tailem Bend in SA’s Murraylands told News Corp his instinct to save his toddler kicked in when he spotted something unusual moving towards her.
“She was carrying a fishing reel and I saw her drop it and run for something and I looked over and I saw something flare up at her,” Coombe said.
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“So I ran over and grabbed her, it flared up and got me.”
Coombe had just come back from a holiday and was unpacking his bags while his daughter Alba was playing in the hallway when the incident unfolded.
He said he didn’t realise the extent of the injury because of an adrenaline rush to remove her from danger.
“I knew there was a chance (of being bitten) but I couldn’t risk letting my daughter cop the bite.”
“I stayed overnight in hospital, luckily it was a dry bite but maybe it would have been a different story if Alba got to it – she could have picked it up and wouldn’t have got away so quickly,” he said.
“Better me than her, that’s for sure.”
Coombe’s father-in-law helped the family locate the snake which has inside their home.
The Murraylands father said living in a regional area meant spotting snakes around the property wasn’t unusual but this was a closer call than most.
“This was a shock still,” he said.
“I keep thinking about what would have happened to my daughter if I didn’t see it.”
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