Warning: This story may disturb some readers.
In the Australian tropics, a 16-foot scrub python stalked a family dog for several days and then swallowed the five-year-old silky terrier-Chihuahua mix in front of two children near their home.
Stuart Douglas, owner of the Australian Venom Zoo, said normally, scrub pythons eat wild animals like wallabies, but sometimes they do eat pets in urban areas.
Douglas added, “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. They should have called me then, but (the snake) got away and three or four days later, I was called and went around and removed it” after the dog had been killed.
Todd Rose, the manager of the zoo, said removing the half-swallowed dog could have harmed or even killed the python because the dog could have clawed the snake which would have caused internal damage.
“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.
The snake will soon be relocated to the Australian bush.
Source: Washington Post
(Thanks Jennifer, Kam and Stefani)