A Texas woman was attacked by a snake and a hawk at the same time after the bird- which eats snakes- dropped the serpent on her while flying overhead.
Peggy Jones, 64, was mowing her lawn when out of nowhere, a snake suddenly fell on top of her and wrapped itself around her arm.
She tried to shake the snake loose but it refused to let her go and began striking her in the face, with Peggy’s glasses being the only protection she had from a potentially fatal bite.
To make matters worse, a hawk then swooped down moments later and also began attacking her arm as it attempted to reclaim its lost prey.
‘The snake was squeezing so hard, and I was waving my arms in the air,’ she told local media.
‘Then, this hawk was swooping down clawing at my arm over and over. I just kept saying, “Help me, Jesus, Help me, Jesus.”‘
Eventually the hawk – successful in its scavenge – ripped the snake from her arm and flew away, leaving her bloodied and covered in bruises and deep lacerations.
‘Finally he got the snake and took off with the snake, and I looked down and I was covered in blood, my arm was pretty tore up,’ she told reporters.
Her husband rushed her to hospital after hearing the commotion, where medical staff initially refused to believe what had happened.
Although there was no snake bite, she was monitored for one just in case. At this point, Peggy also discovered how close she had come to being fatally bitten by the snake.
‘I discovered the lens on my glasses was broken and there was snake venom on my glasses,’ she said.
Yet despite the trauma, the unexpected attack left Ms Jones with a sense of relief, given how close she came to suffering much greater injuries.
She said she believes the hawk dropped the snake on her, and that her life was aved by it swooping down to reclaim its prey.
She said: ‘I think that was God’s way of letting me live because I couldn’t figure out a way — the snake was not letting go of my arm,’ she said, adding: ‘I just feel thankful that I’m alive.’
Ms Jones says people have told her she must be the unluckiest person alive to have a hawk and snake attack at the same time. She says it’s the opposite, ‘I feel like the luckiest person alive to have survived this!’
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