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“She was coiling around him, at which point I have no idea. You can also choose to be emailed when someone replies to your comment. Dan Brandon died of asphyxiation at his home in Hampshire, Find your bookmarks in your Independent Premium section, under my profile. If left alone, a snake won’t bite. If you attack a wild animal, like a snake, it makes sense that it’ll try to fight back and keep itself safe. Part of the Daily Mail, The Mail on Sunday & Metro Media Group. She said: “All the family wanted was answers to our questions and I have no idea yet whether we have that or ever will.”, Available for everyone, funded by readers, Uncontrolled release of birds for shooting threatens UK’s only venomous snake, expert warns, Discovery of reptiles comes days after 13 royal pythons were found in same location, Allan, a 1.5 metre corn snake, had been driving to Oldham with its owners for Christmas, Abandoned corn snake was discreetly left in a takeaway tub on Saturday night. Want to bookmark your favourite articles and stories to read or reference later? “All the family wanted was answers to our questions, and I have no idea yet whether we have that or will.”. She could also see that Tiny was not in her vivarium. 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. Butt out! Please continue to respect all commenters and create constructive debates. While it’s rare, there have been cases of these snakes attacking and killing their owners (or some innocent bystander like a child). She told the court that she had no idea how he had died. A postmortem carried out by the pathologist Dr Adnan al-Badri found that Brandon’s lungs were four times heavier than would be expected and he had suffered pinpoint haemorrhages in one of his eyes – signs of asphyxia. 'Python constriction is horrible and it was sickening to imagine death from that. How do pythons attack? “I cry every day and night and relive that evening all the time,” the statement written by Ms Brandon added. 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. I have to accept that Tiny is instrumental in Dan’s death.”, He said he believed that in a “moment of peace” Brandon was “communing” with the snake and it “went wrong” for some reason. The python in Sulawesi is believed to have been a reticulated python. But the big cat managed to claw his way out and deliver a final killer bite as the photographer watched the drama unfold, Mike said he heard a very loud crunching sound, likely the leopard biting the skull of the python. He said after Mr Brandon was killed the snake then hid, probably “because of the shock of him falling or because of his reaction”. 'It was a huge shock when we spotted it, we were very concerned when the action stopped and the python seemed to be winning. She showed the court a hand injury she had recently suffered when another of the snakes bit her. It is a part of the Mayflower 400: Legend and Legacy exhibition, the UK's largest ever commemorative exhibition on the Mayflower. He said: “The most likely scenario is that that Tiny was engaged with Dan. The snake was subsequently found beneath a cabinet and friends of Mr Brandon returned Tiny to her vivarium. There are some python species that are capable of killing a human — even an adult human. The duo initially had their eyes on an unsuspecting impala, but the python then decided to try his luck with the leopard instead. The Four Species, which are mentioned in the Torah, are the Etrog, a citrus fruit, the Lulav which is the frond of date palm, the Hadass, a myrtle bough and Aravah, a willow branch. Horrified safari onlookers were certain the leopard would be on the menu as it lay helplessly trapped in the snake's vice-like grip, Mike Welton, who has been photographing wildlife for seven years, said his safari group had heard of a leopard sighting in the area and rushed over to witness it. Are you sure you want to delete this comment? Want an ad-free experience?Subscribe to Independent Premium. The reticulated python is among the few snakes that prey on humans. On the evening of Mr Brandon’s death his mother was at home. They can reach lengths of more than 10m (32ft) and are very powerful. Mr Brandon’s parents, brother and sister were present at the inquest. “He is asphyxiated as a result of his contact with Tiny.”, Outside court, Babs Brandon said she constantly relived the evening of her son’s death. I have no doubt she was coiling around him. “He was more wary of Tiny than the other snakes. She told the court she had heard a loud bang upstairs which she thought may have been a dumbbell falling or that her son had knocked something over. Given this shoulder impediment, as well as the substantial size of some humans, pythons generally don't attack people. She said: “She would get cross and hiss and pretend to strike. Babs Brandon told the court that on the evening of her son’s death she was cooking dinner when she heard a crash in his bedroom. Dr al-Badri added that Mr Brandon had been fit and healthy at the time of his death and had “no disease whatsoever”. The comments below have not been moderated. When she went upstairs she found her son face down on the floor of his bedroom and called the emergency services. He had stopped putting her round his neck because she was so strong and unpredictable.”. 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”. 'I think what makes these images unique is simply how rare the sighting is. 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Dan Brandon was found dead by his mother, Babs, in his bedroom in Hampshire, with the python concealed close by. 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. 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The organisation is displaying the portrait as part of a plan to feature works of overlooked black figures connected with its sites, Two swimmers run into the sea as the sun rises over Boscombe beach in Dorset, Veteran fundraiser Lloyd Scott, who is attempting to climb the Three Peaks whilst wearing a deep sea diving suit, is followed by members of his support team during his challenge on Ben Nevis in Scotland, Liverpool players look dejected after their Premier League match against Aston Villa ended 7-2 at Villa Park stadium in Birmingham, People on a Northern Line train in London, after the 10pm curfew pubs and restaurants are subject to in order to combat the rise in coronavirus cases in England, England's Charlotte Banfield takes part in a practice session ahead of the 2020 Korev Lager English Adaptive Surfing Open at The Wave in Bristol which takes place tomorrow, A worker spray cleans the Beatles statue in Liverpool, An actor dressed as pantomime dame waves a flag at the entrance of a theatre before marching on Parliament to demand more support for the theatre sector amid the COVID-19 pandemic, in London, Prime Minister Boris Johnson reacts whilst talking with students during his visit to Exeter College in southwest England, A student gestures at the window of the Birley Halls student accommodation, for students at Manchester Metropolitan University, as many students live in a temporary lock-down in a bid to reduce the spread of the novel coronavirus Covid-19 on the campus. Paramedics were called but Brandon, a landscape worker, could not be saved. He said what he found included a haemorrhage behind one eye, plus burst blood vessels, and congested lungs – another sign of asphyxiation. The satirical artist Cold War Steve has been ordered by the council to cover up a massive windbreak depicting a naked Boris Johnson chasing a pig, which was due to be displayed on Boscombe beach. Our journalists will try to respond by joining the threads when they can to create a true meeting of independent Premium. As well as Tiny, his bedroom was home to another nine snakes and 12 tarantulas. “She was his baby. Mr Brandon died of asphyxiation at his home in Church Crookham, Hampshire, on 25 August 2017, Basingstoke Coroners’ Court was told. Game birds 'could wipe out adders in most of Britain within 12 years', Sixteen more snakes dumped in pillowcases in Sunderland, Pet snake cut free after getting trapped under car’s gearstick, Staff rattled by discovery of snake in McDonald's, Snake found on bus rattles passengers in Paisley, Snake on a plane goes 9,300 miles from Australia to Scotland in woman's shoe, Country diary: love and fear in the company of adders, Boa constrictor on the loose in Lincolnshire, a python killed two boys in Canada in 2013. She said Mr Brandon had become aware of how strong Tiny had become. The items are tied together and are used in ceremony during the week-long festival of Sukkot. 'It was probably the closest scrape with death that the leopard has ever been through.'. 'We figured that the python came out to try for the impala, which brought the leopard right into the python's position. The artwork was commissioned as part of Bournemouth's Arts by the Sea festival, Police move in to disperse protesters in Trafalgar Square in London, at a 'We Do Not Consent!' Mike, who has been photographing wildlife for seven years, said his safari group had heard of a leopard sighting in the area and rushed over to witness it. She said her son had kept snakes since he was 15. The family of keen snake handler Dan Brandon, 31, referred to the animal as “his baby”, an inquest heard. He had stopped putting her round his neck because she was so strong and unpredictable.”. The coroner for north-east Hampshire, Andrew Bradley, recorded a verdict of misadventure, saying he believed the python was “instrumental” in Brandon’s death.
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