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Huge Python Swallows Pet Dog Tied To Kennel
A large python has eaten a pet dog that was chained to a kennel in northern New South Wales, Australia.
The owner of the chihuahua-maltese found the 8ft (2.5m) snake inside the kennel but no sign of the dog.
Wildlife Information Rescue and Education Service (Wires) volunteers were called to the in home, in rural Caniaba, to find the carpet python with a bulge in its body and the dog's chain hanging from its mouth.
Wires spokeswoman Sue Ulyatt told Fairfax the dog owner realised she had made a "dreadful mistake".
"She hadn't thought about the possibility of a snake taking the dog," she said.
"The lady went out to let the dog off the chain, but instead of the dog being on the chain, it was a large carpet python.
"It's only the second incident like this we've had in over 10 years. Usually it's the other way around, the snake comes off second best."
The python, which is believed to be about 50 years old, is under observation at Currumbin Wildlife Hospital and may require surgery to remove the chain.
Senior vet Michael Pyne has told the Northern Star that he snake is "very happy".
"The chain will stay in until the snake has digested it all. We have to let the food dissolve," he said.
"It's just a waiting game."