BRISBANE, Australia (AP) -- A 16-foot python stalked a family dog for days before swallowing the pet whole in front of horrified children in the Australian tropics, animal experts said Wednesday. Luckily it was only a terrier-Chihuahua crossbreed and not a REAL dog. (ok, I added that part.)
"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," said Stuart Douglas, owner of the Australian Venom Zoo in Kuranda.
Ok, you know you've lived in the Australian tropics way too long when the sight of a 16 foot python in your dog's bed isn't cause for alarm. I'd run straight through a plate-glass window if I saw a 3 foot snake in my house.
It's called "survival instinct" people.