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An Unexpected Ending: PYTHON VS. ALLIGATOR

Posted by Trixie / October 11, 2006

This news item is actually from a year ago, and perhaps it’s already circulated far and wide, but with all of us Midnight Poutine writers moaning, post-Pop Montreal, about being exhausted and overextended, I think that this little detour into the pastoral might really put the concept of ‘overextended’ into perspective.

For it looks like out there in Nature things can get really rough.

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But surely we all know the feeling, right? You’ve just boldly taken on a big ambitious project—sunk your teeth into it, gulped it down, consumed it—only to be forced to reconsider mid-way through, wondering if you made a huge mistake.

Do you suppose that this poor misguided serpent had just such a dawning awareness before what it bit off literally became too much to digest, and burst apart the belly of the beast? There is really something, well, primordially evil about one massive, terrifying, reptilian beastie embroiled in a death struggle with another, only to have the victor ultimately destroyed by the spoils.

So, YIKES! Have a close look at this photo, shudder deeply, and play a game in which you try to figure out just what is going on here before linking to the BBC News account of the scenario. Not that it offers more than a provisional, and thus very unsettling, explanation.

I’ll just mention this juicy tidbit: the python’s head is missing!!! (???)

Discussion

9 Comments

Hannah / October 13, 2006 at 12:33 pm
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Perhaps, what is best about the BBC story is the way the treated it as cold hard news. In a "researchers say bermese pythons are capable of eating aligators" sort of way. It's totally detached from the repulsiveness of the situation or of the way it makes you gawk.
How do you suppose the park wardens found the carnage? by the smell?
Trixie / October 13, 2006 at 06:14 pm
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Yup, nice and neutral: Those Brits are all-business. I like that they slipped in the adjective "fearsome" as the one lapse into description:
"The Burmese python tried to swallow its fearsome rival whole but then exploded."

Oh ya--the smell, good point.
But nevermind how the park warden found the carnage--what about the dude that came along before that and thought: "Right on! I've always wanted a dead python head for a trophy!" Where else did that damn head go?
Martin / February 4, 2015 at 09:28 am
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That was great man.Did I imagine Roy Orbison sngiing In Dreams' to this. Yeah, I did imagine it. *nervous giggle*You've spooked me out.Good one dude.
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