Cat saves toddler from large snake wrapped around her body (video)

By: Devansh Dutt 

(Scroll down for video) A family cat saved a 2-year-old girl from being killed by a snake, according to press reports in Australia.

An Australian woman was awakened by her cat's hisses early Sunday, to find a python wrapped around the arm of her 2-year-old daughter.

22-year-old Tess Guthrie of Lismore, New South Wales, said that the 6-foot python was wrapped three times around her daughter's arm.

"I thought I was having a nightmare," Guthrie said. "It was only because the cat was hissing that I woke up and saw the snake with its body wrapped around the arm of my daughter Zara," she added.

The child was sleeping in bed with Guthrie, who pulled off the snake. The non-venomous python bit the child three times in her left hand.

"In my head I was just going through this incredible horror and my thought was that the snake is actually going to kill her because it was wrapped around her so tight," Guthrie said. "Her arm was bleeding really bad from the bites and all I could feel was the blood. Zara was screaming at that stage and I was hysterical because it was a shocking thing to wake up to. It was terrifying," she said.

Zara was taken to a local hospital where she was treated and released. The coastal python was captured by an officer of the local animal control and was eventually returned to its natural habitat.

"The snake in no way, shape or form intended to eat the baby," the officer said. "It was just trying to have a group hug," he added.