LISMORE, Australia (CNN/NINE NETWORK) -- An Australian mom sprang into action when she found a python wrapped around her daughter sleeping next to her in bed.
Tess Guthrie says she heard her cat on the bed hissing in the middle of the night. She investigated with light from her cellphone, and saw the snake curled around her 2-year-old's arm.
She says the snake then started striking at her daughter's hand. The mom grabbed the snake by its head and yanked it away.
She took her daughter, who had three bites, to the hospital. She's been discharged and is OK. And a snake removal service was called to take care of the intruder.
Tess says, "After we went to the hospital and techs came they found the snake down behind the bedside table and in between the wall but I don't doubt that he was under the bed for days."
Media reports varied on the snake's length, from six feet to nearly 10 feet. Guthrie had the snake released into the wild more than three miles from her home.
As for the cat, apparently the episode was just too much for it. It ran off and has not returned.
(Sound in video does come in and out from the source.)