Python eats wal­laby on Aus­tralian golf course

Kuwait Times - - HEALTH & SCIENCE -


A rou­tine round of golf has taken a uniquely Aus­tralian turn with stunned play­ers find­ing a gi­ant python wrestling with a wal­laby on a fair­way.

Robert Willemse was on the 17th hole at the Par­adise Palms course in Cairns in north Queens­land on Satur­day when he heard that a four-me­ter (13foot) scrub python was gorg­ing on the na­tive mar­su­pial nearby. “It had (the wal­laby) in a vice-like grip and it was swal­low­ing it,” Willemse, who reg­u­larly plays at the course, told AFP, hav­ing halted his game to take a look.

He snapped photos of the en­counter be­fore head­ing back to fin­ish his round. “I heard later on... as other golfers and staff mem­bers came out to have a look at it, that it did ac­tu­ally suc­ceed in swal­low­ing it all and then it rolled into a dry creek nearby and slith­ered away into the bush, prob­a­bly to digest its rather large meal,” he said. “There’s a lot of wildlife in the trop­i­cal north,” Willemse added, not­ing that wal­la­bies, which re­sem­ble a smaller ver­sion of kan­ga­roos, were a com­mon sight on the fair­ways, al­though snakes were not.

Willemse said the scrub pythonAus­tralia’s largest snake which can grow to 8.5 me­ters long-was likely to have dropped onto the un­sus­pect­ing wal­laby from a tree. “The snake would never have been able to catch the wal­laby in the open like where it was eat­ing it,” he said. “It looked like it might have dropped out of a tree, got a hold of (the wal­laby), then there was a bit of a strug­gle and it rolled into the mid­dle of the fair­way.” —AFP

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