She’s been told not to do it again.
But picking up a snake and swinging it around multiple times is something 12-year-old Rosie Wightman would have rued not doing.
“I would have been regretting it for the rest of the time, so I just got it. Yeah, just got the snake,” the Sunshine Coast girl told Sunrise.
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Rosie’s actions in her Eumundi backyard have gone viral after being posted to social media by her uncle, Brisbane radio personality Kip Wightman.
The incident occurred on Sunday afternoon when the household was busy getting ready for another school week.
Rosie had the task of cleaning out her pet guinea pigs’ cage.
Girl’s desperate attempt to rescue pet from snake’s clutches
When one intrepid rodent called MaxiBon — named after the ice cream bar — did a runner into the garden, Rosie went after him.
“So I went out, tried to grab him but he ran in a different direction,” she said.
“That’s when the snake, like, struck.
“I didn’t actually see the snake first up.
“He was hiding, waiting for action.”
As the remarkable footage shows, Rosie swings around from its tail like a hammer thrower, all while the juvenile python clutches MaxiBon in its mouth by a paw.
Rosie and Grace Wightman’s snake story amazed Nat and Shirvo. Credit: Sunrise
While her instinct had kicked in, there was method to the madness: “If I swing it around, it (the snake’s grip) won’t be as tight,” she said.
“We just hear this scream. I’ve never heard her scream like this before,” said mum Grace Wightman.
“Her little voice is still hoarse.
“We come out and find Rosie swinging a python and a pig was attached to it!”
The python lets go of MaxiBon as Rosie’s parents and dogs respond to the commotion, before slithering away.
MaxiBon is OK but for “a few little scratches”, according to Rosie.
The shaken family spent some time digesting what had occurred before realising it was caught on camera.
Rosie Wightman has been filmed swinging around a snake to save her pet guinea pig. Credit: Kip Wightman
“It was the wildest thing. For about an hour after, we were like, ‘No one is going to believe us’, said Grace.
“Then we were like, ‘The cameras! … This is going to go crazy’.”
Given her brave actions, one could see Rosie having a future in the snake catching and removal industry.
But her mum is taking steps to ensure she doesn’t become accustomed to reptiles, and sticks to small mammals instead.
“We’ve had a good snake talk,” Grace said.
“We’re like, ‘Never again. We’re so grateful you’re fine but next time, step away. We’ll buy you two more pigs’.”