Coroner Andrew Bradley recorded a verdict of misadventure and said: “The most likely scenario is that Tiny was engaged with Dan – I have no doubt about that.
He said: “The most likely scenario is that that Tiny was engaged with Dan. He said she’s very strong. Attacks on humans are not common, but this species has been responsible for several reported human fatalities, in both the wild and captivity. Mike, from Ontario, Canada, said: 'We all had a moment thinking about how terrible it was that we were watching a beautiful leopard get killed. He made clear he did not believe the snake had been aggressive towards its owner, but the most likely scenario was that the reptile had been coiling around him in an affectionate way. A python and a leopard catch eyes after initially going for an impala, as the snake decides to try to tackle the big cat, Initially caught off guard, the big cat leapt into the air and swiped with its enormous paws as the python tried to squeeze it. Prof John Cooper, a vet and snake keeper, said he had visited Brandon’s bedroom and examined Tiny. I have no doubt she was coiling around him. Horrified safari onlookers were certain the leopard would be on the menu as it lay helplessly trapped in the snake's vice-like grip. Are you sure you want to mark this comment as inappropriate? “I cry every day and night and relive that evening all the time,” the statement written by Ms Brandon added. They can reach lengths of more than 10m (32ft) and are very powerful.
He said she’s very strong. The African rock python is one of the five largest snake species in the world (along with the green anaconda, reticulated python, Burmese python and amethystine python).At least two other examples of humans killed by an African rock python have been reported. © 2020 Guardian News & Media Limited or its affiliated companies. Start your Independent Premium subscription today. A lover of exotic animals died of asphyxia after his 2.4-metre (8ft) pet African rock python called Tiny wrapped itself around him, a coroner has ruled. Pathologist Dr Adman al-Badri said there were no specific signs of strangulation on Mr Brandon’s neck and that his diagnosis of asphyxiation had been reached by exclusion. 'We figured that the python came out to try for the impala, which brought the leopard right into the python's position. The inquest in Basingstoke was told that Brandon was a responsible snake owner who loved his pets. He said Tiny had struck out at him “defensively” as he put it back in its vivarium after examining the snake. A statement issued after the conclusion of the inquest, read on behalf of the family by a detective investigating the case, said Mr Brandon was “one of the funniest people you could wish to meet”.
When she went upstairs she found her son face down on the floor of his bedroom and called the emergency services. Please continue to respect all commenters and create constructive debates. If you attack a wild animal, like a snake, it makes sense that it’ll try to fight back and keep itself safe. 'Word travelled around the Mara and of 40 or so guides, who are out there all day every day, nobody has seen this happen before.'.
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