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Just one reason why the BBC blows American news media out of the water: they report on important developments in animal kingdom savagery!

In this case, it was a nearly 10-foot water python fighting and devouring a crocodile in Australia.

Tiffany Corlis, a local author, saw the fight and took these pictures, which have been widely used in the Australian media.

“It was amazing,” she told the BBC. “We saw the snake fighting with the crocodile – it would roll the crocodile around to get a better grip, and coil its body around the crocodile’s legs to hold it tight.”

“The fight began in the water – the crocodile was trying to hold its head out of the water at one time, and the snake was constricting it.”

“After the crocodile had died, the snake uncoiled itself, came around to the front, and started to eat the crocodile, face-first,” she added.

Ms Corlis said it appeared to take the snake around 15 minutes to eat the crocodile.

The snake was “definitely very full,” when it finished, she said. “I don’t know where it went after that – we all left, thinking we didn’t want to stick around!”

Sadly, there’s no video of the python gorging itself on crocodile but there are plenty of still images that make me never want to set foot in Australia.


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[H/T Freak Show]