Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

Deb­bie the Soc­cer Mum of­ten gets stuck with other peo­ple’s guinea pigs come hol­i­day time. Her record as a keeper of these an­i­mals is not per­fect. There are sad lit­tle crosses in a dis­tant cor­ner of the back lawn. It hap­pened again at Easter. She was mind­ing a cou­ple of ex­tra guinea pigs and had taken great care when putting them out­doors in their spe­cial run to make sure they had shade etc etc. How­ever, go­ing out to check on them af­ter a while she was shocked to see a python had one of the fluffy mites firmly en­twined. Deb­bie screamed. Teen son, pre-teen daugh­ter ar­rived. Ev­ery­one screamed. Teen son re-emerged with a rake and shovel, the only known time he has han­dled gar­den­ing im­ple­ments. Deftly he man­aged to flick the re­luc­tant python away from its prey. Too late how­ever. An­other sad lit­tle cross in the cor­ner of the yard. In fact, the ground is per­pet­u­ally fresh and boggy in that patch thanks to the fre­quent buri­als. Poor Deb­bie, she does her best. Cairns’ gun shop want­ing to pur­chase a BB gun to chase off the bush fowl rav­ish­ing their gar­den. Af­ter be­ing told they needed a gun li­cence to pur­chase a BB gun, they then looked to what used to be known as a sling­shot or cat­a­pult. As sling­shots are il­le­gal in some states, they are now known as Bur­ley Throw­ers. The cou­ple can now be found ‘throw­ing bur­ley’ around their gar­den with gay aban­don.

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