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Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Snake eats Cockatoo

Artist Cindy Lane was painting in her studio at Clifton Beach near Cairns last week when she heard a "couple of loud squawks" coming from the bougainvillea in her backyard.

She found a python coiling itself tightly around a sulphur-crested cockatoo.

"I considered jumping in to save him, but his last breath was literally being squeezed from him as we approached," she said.

"The python then took two hours to complete his meal with another half hour to enjoy his spoils before moving on. It was difficult to watch but at the same time mesmerising," Ms Lane said.

"It was just so clever how it used his upper coils to get the wings aligned so it could swallow the whole thing."