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Australian Vet Removes Rooster Foot That Punctured Python’s Belly

November 6, 2015



Pythons are known to eat strange things. Porcupines and alligators come to mind. A python in Australia decided to eat a rooster, but it seems the rooster would have got the best of the python had it not been for Dr. Nikki Tapp at Marlin Coast Veterinary Hospital in Cairns, Queensland, Australia. 

python eats rooster

Marlin Coast Veterinary Hospital/acebook

Dr. Nikki Tapp severs the rooster foot with surgical scissors.

The python would have probably died from an infection. The wild reptile was brought into the hospital October 26 with a puncture wound and a huge belly. The large rooster that the python ate had an equally large spur that pierced the skin of the python, from inside the python’s belly. 

rooster spur

Marlin Coast Veterinary Hospital

Here is the rooster's spur that punctured the belly of the python.

Dr. Nikki Tapp had to open the snake up and took a pair of surgical scissors to cut the entire foot off the rooster, leaving the rest of the rooster in the belly of the python. Tapp said on Facebook that the snake is doing well and will be released once it finishes digesting the huge bird. 

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