Python claims life of pet dog

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

WHIT­SUN­DAY res­i­dent Michelle Grigg is no stranger to snakes – and she wasn’t sur­prised to find out a python had swal­lowed the fam­ily’s pet dog last week.

Ms Grigg lives with her fam­ily on a proeprty at Ri­fle Range Road and has many sto­ries of scrub pythons tak­ing chooks and ducks in the past.

She is a lover of wildlife and worked as a zoo keeper for the for­mer Whit­sun­day Wildlife Park for 12 years.

Last week, she says it was a scrub python that claimed the life of the fam­ily’s dog, Wal­ter.

Ms Grigg said the fam­ily heard bark­ing about 3am and her hus­band got up and told the dogs to be quiet.

“In hind­sight, we should have known,” she said.

How­ever, she said the dogs had barked thou­sands of times be­fore and it could have just been a pos­sum in a tree or the horse at the gate.

Ms Grigg said that af­ter re­al­is­ing the next mornignt that the snake had swal­lowed the dog, she re­lo­cated the snake to at least 20km away from her property.

“I’ve re­lo­cated them closer be­fore and they have come back,” she said.

Ms Grigg said she would never kill a python.

“They do more good than harm,” she said.

She has re­ported that just three days later, a scrub python got into her se­cure chook pen and ate a very large rooster.

“That was only 20 me­tres from my front door,” she said.

SNAKE RE­LO­CATED: Michelle Grigg re­lo­cated a scrub python that claimed the life of the fam­ily’s pet dog last week.

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