RAYONG – A tiny 85-year-old nun was left with 20 stitches in her legs after being attacked in her bathroom by a 26ft-long python.
Frail Chin Darachan, who is just 3ft 9in tall wandered from her bedroom to an outside toilet at a temple in rural Rayong province.
When she opened the door the serpent lunged at her – sinking its fangs into both her legs before she could escape and began wrapping itself around her.
Chin, who has now returned to the temple with bandages on her legs, said: ‘I opened the door to the bathroom and saw a large snake lying down. I could not escape.
‘The python jumped at me and bit my legs. It was too fast and tightened itself around my calves.
‘I was in shock and called for help from the monks and laymen. I could see them using steel pliers to get the snake out.’
Monks caught the python and stretched it out on the ground, they estimated its size as eight metres.
It is believed to have slithered into the small building from nearby jungle and found a way through a gap between the concrete wall and a metal door.
Chin was rushed to the Pluak Daeng Hospital after the attack, she received 20 stitches in her legs before being discharged.
The snake was later released into the wild.
Chin said: ‘I don’t feel any anger towards the python. It was just doing what was natural.
‘I’m happy to still feel alive. But I’m a little bit afraid every time I have to go the bathroom.’