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This was on todays sun newspaper!!

A teenager required hospital treatment after being attacked by a gang brandishing a snake.
In what police suspect may have been a racist assault, the 14-year-old boy was held down by his attackers in Bristol before one of the group forced a python to sink its fangs into him, leaving him with two deep puncture wounds.
Paramedics identified the type of snake after showing internet pictures to the victim on a mobile phone.
The boy is believed to be of Afro-Caribbean descent. Two other boys aged 16 and 17 were being interviewed by police yesterday about the incident.


A spokesman for Great Western Ambulance service said: “Ambulance staff consulted Google and Bristol Zoo experts after a teenager was attacked by a group of youths brandishing a snake.
“The 14-year-old was bitten on the hand after being pinned against a wall by his attackers in Bradley Stoke on Saturday afternoon. Michael Howells, an incident support officer, added: “In order to try and identify the type of snake, I googled ‘snakes’ on my mobile to show the patient. He was reasonably sure he could identify the type, so I sent the image to our control room.”
Oliver Tovey, the duty control manager, said that a snake expert at Bristol Zoo had told him that the description of the snake indicated it was a type of python, and so not venomous.
The teenager was taken to Frenchay Hospital, Bristol, for a precautionary check.
Mr Howells added: “Although the patient was suffering breathing difficulties after the attack, this was probably due to panic rather than a reaction to the bite — I would probably be panicky if that happened to me.”
Avon and Somerset police last night appealed for witnesses. A spokesman said: “The teenager had been subject to racist comments and then reportedly held down as a snake was held in front of him, which bit his right arm. Experts have confirmed that the snake, described as green-coloured and about four feet long, was not venomous. Police would like to hear from anyone who was in the Merryweather Close at the time of the incident to contact them.”
It is believed that the boy is now back at his home in Bristol.
A 9-year-old boy who had been playing with the victim before the incident said that the attack had been terrifying. The younger boy, who lives near the 14-year-old victim, said: “I was playing in the park with my friends when a group of older boys came up to us with some snakes. They pushed a 4ft-long snake towards [my friend] and it wrapped itself around his arm before biting him.”
The younger boy’s father, who did not wish to be identified, said: “My son was absolutely terrified and I am not letting him play out on his own until police find out exactly what happened.
“I want to know where these young kids got these dangerous snakes from in the first place.”

Shocking!:gasp:
 

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thats shocking! people like that should not be allowed to keeps snakes, or any animals!
that poor boy will be traumatised!
 

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Its horrible, snakes are not evil monsters and let alone be treated like that! Stupid people...
 

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It just had to be in bristol didn't it :whistling2:

It's people like these little :censor:s who give us keepers a bad reptuation.
 

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thats shocking! people like that should not be allowed to keeps snakes, or any animals!
that poor boy will be traumatised!
I no right! and it is people like this that make people think snakes are wrong to have as pets! But by the sounds of what he was describing it was probally a ball python all though they dont bite but he did say the teenagers forced the fangs into him. It's crazy who are on the streets these day's..
 

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It just had to be in bristol didn't it :whistling2:
There is nothing wrong with Bristol, it's just you have the odd people who make a place look bad.. I hope there caught and punished!
 

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A green ball python? Expensive snake they were playing with!
I no right! and it is people like this that make people think snakes are wrong to have as pets! But by the sounds of what he was describing it was probally a ball python all though they dont bite but he did say the teenagers forced the fangs into him. It's crazy who are on the streets these day's..
 

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There is nothing wrong with Bristol, it's just you have the odd people who make a place look bad.. I hope there caught and punished!
I'm in Bristol and always have been I'm not trying to be offensive, I'm not saying anythings wrong just it's irresponsible kids like these who give rep keepers a bad name.

"It just had to be in Bristol :whistling2:"
wasn't saying it's a bad place just the fact that I read it and it's actually where I am and I never knew of this myself.
 

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I'm in Bristol don't be defensive lol, I'm not saying anythings wrong just it's irresponsible kids like these who give rep keepers a bad name.

"It just had to be in Bristol :whistling2:"
wasn't saying it's a bad place just the fact that I read it and it's actually where I am.
I know you live in Bristol haha, i was just saying the same thing that theres just some people that give a place bad rep when it's really not bad atall. ;)
 

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Thanks Josh!

It's ok mate thought it might be interesting for us...
 

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No problem mate
 

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i really feel sorry for the poor snake! its ppl like that that give us reptile keepers a bad name..the poor snake may have to be put dwn because some stupid :censor: thinks its funny to use it as a weapon..it makes me soooooo :censor: angry! x
 

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the 14-year-old boy was held down by his attackers in Bristol before one of the group forced a python to sink its fangs into him, leaving him with two deep puncture wounds

pythons have two fangs hmmm thats new to me :lol2:
When I've been bitten by my rat snake 2 out of the 3 times he managed to only leave two puncture marks lol I'm sure if he'd have chewed it would have been different lol
 
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