Scott Dame, 63, who runs a pest control business, ᴏᴘᴇɴᴇᴅ ꜰɪʀᴇ on the Burmese python after his 10-year-old grandson found it around 200 yards from his house wrapped around the young female goat. He sʜᴏᴛ ɪᴛ with his 45 caliber ᴘɪsᴛᴏʟ 8 times.
“The first time I sʜᴏᴛ it, I sʜᴏᴛ it in the head, and I thought that did it, but he just recovered and took off,” said Dame.
He shoots at the 12-foot long reptile until it releases its grip and tries to slither away. The ʜᴜɴᴛᴇʀ turns into the ʜᴜɴᴛᴇᴅ as Mr Dame holds down the 120-pound snake to stop it ᴇsᴄᴀᴘɪɴɢ and ꜰɪʀᴇs several more sʜᴏᴛs until it stops moving.
Hoping to sᴀᴠᴇ his ᴀɴɪᴍᴀʟ’s ʟɪꜰᴇ, he repeatedly sʜᴏᴛ the reptile. Sadly, however, he was unable to sᴀᴠᴇ the ɢᴏᴀᴛ’s ʟɪꜰᴇ. “I tried to sᴀᴠᴇ the goat but it was too late,” Mr Dame told FOX 13. “We were all sad about the goats but at least it won’t get any more.”
“A snake that big has no business being here,” said Dame. “I’ve dealt with lot of snakes, rattlesnakes and water moccasins, and everything else, but I’ve never had to deal with a snake that big.”
The family in Naples, Florida, USA, have a small farm for their animal-loving grandchildren. They look after seven goats, one horse, two baby pigs, seven chickens and some ducks. He said another one of his goats had been ᴍɪssɪɴɢ for several weeks and he suspected the python got that one too.
Dame’s granddaughter shared footage of it on social media and told: “We have lots of animals out here mostly for the kids we have a big family. A couple of weeks ago one of the goats went ᴍɪssɪɴɢ we thought maybe a Bobcat got it but that was unlikely because there was no sign of a sᴛʀᴜɢɢʟᴇ no fur anywhere.”
“Recently another goat was ᴍɪssɪɴɢ and when we went to look for it my grandpa caught the snake in action. He has lots of experience with wildlife but we never thought something like this would show up here!” she said.