Talk about a scene from a horror movie. Peggy Jones, a 64-year-old woman from Silsbee, Texas, was attacked by a snake and a hawk while mowing her lawn on July 25.
Jones was on her tractor when a snake suddenly fell out of the sky and landed on her. The snake wrapped itself around her arm and began to squeeze. Terrified herself, Jones tried to wave the also terrified snake off, but it was too strong.
A clumsy hawk swooped down and began attacking Jones to get at the snake. The hawk clawed at her arm repeatedly, causing deep gashes. Jones screamed for help, and her husband, Wendell, came running.
Wendell helped Jones to get off the tractor and into their pickup truck. He then drove her to the hospital, where she was treated for her injuries.
Jones suffered no bites from the snake, but she did suffer several severe cuts from the hawk’s claws. She was also treated for exposure to snake venom, as the lens of her glasses had been broken, and there was venom on the glass.
Jones said she was lucky to be alive after the attack. She said she feels like she is the luckiest person alive to have survived being attacked by both a snake and a hawk.
This is not the first time a snake has attacked Jones. She was bitten by a venomous snake a few years ago but also survived that attack.
Bryan Hughes, the owner of Rattlesnake Solutions, said the hawk had likely fumbled the snake and dropped its intended prey on Jones while flying away.
“It fell on the woman and hung onto her because this was a panicked, injured animal,” Hughes told Insider. “Then the bird swept down to finish what it started.”
He told the outlet that the serpent may have been a rat snake that could escape the grasp of a hawk.
“This is not something that people need to start worrying about,” Hughes added. “It is such a freak incident.” Which is good, because how can you possibly prepare for an attack like this?
Jones has already returned to mowing her lawn but has asked her husband to walk beside her on the first ride back to watch for flying snakes.
As always, be safe and be prepared.