An article in Yahoo News describes the close encounter that a father had with a highly venomous snake in Australia. If it had not been for his son's calm words, he could have been bitten.
Ross Junior and his 57-year-old dad were holidaying at Sundown National Park near Brisbane, Australia. The whole family was there.
The trip had been going well. While they were outside, they happened to spot a red-bellied black snake.
The red-bellied black snake is a venomous snake that is indigenous to Australia. It is also one of the most common snakes found in the country.
The interesting aspect of the trip was that they spotted the snake at least three times. At one point, one of the siblings almost stepped on the snake.
However, they thought nothing of the incident until the family was relaxing.
The dad was sitting in a camp chair and downing a couple of beers when a massive red-bellied black snake moved near him. He didn't notice it at first. It was his son, Ross Junior who saw it.
Ross Junior said in a very calm voice to his dad,
Don't move Dad,
He then says to his father,
It'll just slither past you.
The dad did not hear the snake approaching but he heard his son's words. He tilted his head slightly and then stayed very calm.
The snake did slither past him and it then moved away from the family. The dad said,
“Once it was about five feet away I got the hell out of there,”
The incident was caught on video and later posted online where it went viral.
The son's calm words might have saved his father's life. Any movement on his part could have been seen as a sign of aggression by the snake and it would surely have bitten him.