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Python eat's family dog in Australia

February 27th, 2008, 02:20 PM
Ok, so if this python stalked this dog for 5 days, why did they wait so long to call in someone to remove it?

Python stalked, ate family dog in front of children in Australian tropics
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Wed Feb 27, 3:46 AM

By The Associated Press

BRISBANE, Australia - A five-metre python stalked a family dog for days before swallowing the pet whole in front of horrified children in the Australian tropics.

Animal experts say the boy and girl, aged five and seven, watched as the scrub python devoured their silky terrier-Chihuahua crossbreed Monday at their home near Kuranda in Queensland state.

Stuart Douglas, owner of the Australian Venom Zoo in Kuranda, said scrub pythons typically eat wild animals such as wallabies, a smaller relative of the kangaroo, but sometimes turn to pets in urban areas.

Douglas said the snake had actively stalked the dog for a number of days, and the family that owned the dog had actually seen it in the dog's bed, which was a sign it was out to get it.

The family called Douglas after the dog had been killed and by the time he arrived there, he said, all that could be seen of the dog was its hind legs and tail.

The zoo manager, Todd Rose, said pythons squeeze their prey to death before swallowing it whole. The five-year-old dog would have been suffocated within minutes.

"The lady who was there threw some plastic chairs at the snake, but you've got to remember that this is about 50 kilograms (110 pounds) of aggressive muscle," Rose said.

Removing the half-swallowed dog could have harmed or even killed the python, Rose said, because dogs have sharp teeth and claws that could do the snake internal damage if it were wrenched out.

The snake was still digesting the dog at the zoo Wednesday. It will soon be relocated to the bush, Douglas said.

February 27th, 2008, 03:00 PM
Ummm if it was me and i had small children and noticed a 110lb python stalking my dog. I would have either called someone, or killed it. How stupid can people be.

February 28th, 2008, 07:09 AM
I wonder if we have the whole story, I can't believe people could be that stupid not to have a python removed if it was around my dog and children for five days. Or, if the python could not be removed, keep the dog safely away from it.

February 28th, 2008, 07:32 AM
Well geeze I can't believe this,
If I had seen a python in my house or outside for that matter,
I sure as hell wouldn't a done nothing, and waste time calling someone? no way, I know I would have shot it, I hate snakes, they terrify me to death, I've had dreams about this exact thing, and iffin I couldn't have shot the damn thing I sure as heck wouldn't be sitting around talking about it or waiting on authorities to arrive,
The tail of me, my kids, my dogs, all my pets would have been history living there till I knew the thing was gone or dead, Frig I can't believe this, Like no big deal and moves on, That woulda been same as my kid, sure as hell would not of just throw a chair at it.
I just can't believe this, that poor dog

February 28th, 2008, 08:06 AM
Some of the deadliest, most poisonest creatures live in Australia. It's a pretty scary place and not uncommon to see a snake... but, when they noticed the thing "in" the dog's bed... they shouldn't have wasted any time. I agree with everyone... I believe the adult was negligent... :wall:

February 28th, 2008, 09:35 AM
If it could shallow the dog, what about the kids? I am sure the little one looked tasty too, but yes knowing a snake was stalking your dog and it was close enough to the house for the snake to be in the dog's bed, would they not have fear for their families safety, duh..... :loser:

I think my kids would even tell me they saw a snake around our house, even if it was a garter snake, let alone a dog devouring python. :confused:

February 28th, 2008, 09:42 AM
Right!!! That's the way I see it.

February 28th, 2008, 09:51 AM
Yeah we're on the same page.....:highfive: