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An extraordinary video has been released from a Sydney animal clinic, showing vets removing a kid's beach towel from the stomach of a family's pet snake.
Snakes are known to bite off more than you'd think they'd be able to chew, however the digestive system in their stomaches usually make quick work of the meal. But it was a different story for a family pet snake named Monty Python.
The Aussie owners of the reptile noticed it was chowing down on a beach towel one night last week. You'd probably imagine such a flavourless meal would be swiftly rejected, but no.
They were shocked to find that Monty had eaten the towel whole and was looking a lot chunkier as a result. So they took her to the Small Animal Specialist Hospital (SASH) and got the experts to extract the towel.
SASH has uploaded a video of the 'extraordinary' case onto Facebook.
The hospital said: "We see all kinds of interesting cases in our Avian and Exotics Department, but it's not every day we see something quite as unusual and as extraordinary as this case.
"Monty is an 18-year-old Female Jungle Carpet Python weighing 5kg and 3m long, who presented to Dr Olivia Clarke at our Avian and Exotics Department at SASH after she was seen eating an entire beach towel the night before!
"Monty was anaesthetised and radiographs were taken to confirm the location of the start of the towel.
"A flexible endoscope was placed down Monty's gastrointestinal tract, which allowed us to visualise the end of the towel sitting in her stomach. With assistance from our internal medicine team, very long forceps were placed through the endoscope and used to grasp the towel.
"Once we had a good grip, the towel was able to be carefully removed from the gastrointestinal tract with endoscopic guidance. It was smiles all round and we're happy to report that both Monty and the beach towel have lived to see another day!"
It's mildly unsettling to watch the towel glide out of the snake's mouth, and a close up of the reptile's mouth is enough to give us nightmares for the rest of time, thanks.
The hospital added: "Monty was discharged from hospital the same day and her owner reports she is back to her happy, hungry self."
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