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You’ve done everything in your power to make the house safe for baby.
You’ve plugged the power sockets, cordoned off the staircases with safety gates, and stuck putty on all of the sharpest corners, but have you ever snake-proofed your house?
Most new parents don't have "warding against scaly danger" on their to-do list!
In Matoon, Illinois, Devin Winans heard his one-year-old son William making noise, so he went to check on him. He reached into the crib without first turning on the light and felt something slimy.
To his surprise (and understandable horror), Winans found a python wrapped around his son’s leg, constricting and trying eat the boy’s foot.
Luckily, he was able to use a blanket to yank the snake off his son and rushed him to an area hospital. The baby only suffered minor injuries.
It is not entirely clear why the snake had attempted to eat the child’s foot, although Coles County Animal Shelter manager Julie Deters notes that - like people - snakes can become cranky and temperamental in the summer heat.
The snake had apparently found its way into Winan’s apartment after escaping from an adjacent apartment in the building. Police are expected to bring charges against the snake's owner for not having a permit for the python.
This is such a scary example of the fact that no matter how well you try to protect your child from harm, sometimes it's just out of your control.
What’s the most unexpected danger that has befallen your child? How did you react?