If I tell you that I’m going to narrate a story about an act of kindness from the animal kingdom, which creature will immediately come to mind? A dog maybe. They’re known to be affectionate. But would you believe me if I said it was an 11 feet, 4-inch python? Unexpected, sure but also 100% true.
Paul Mock lives in Kununurra, Australia. A heavy thunderstorm hit this area late Sunday night. After the rain subdued, he went out to find that his dam had overflowed. And this caused a bit of a problem to the cane toads that lived on its edge. So they asked a python to give them a lift. And he obliged!
Paul recounts the bizarre incident,
“Thousands of toads were all trying to find somewhere to go. And then I saw Monty our local python with a bunch of hitchhikers on his back.”
Paul’s brother posted this photo on Twitter and it went viral
68mm just fell in the last hour at Kununurra. Flushed all the cane toads out of my brothers dam. Some of them took the easy way out – hitching a ride on the back of a 3.5m python. pic.twitter.com/P6mPc2cVS5
— Andrew Mock (@MrMeMock) December 30, 2018
What’s unusual about this whole incident is that the python did not try to have his passengers for supper. Also, according to a BBC report, cane toads possess a deadly toxin that can cause serious harm to snakes.
And if you’re wondering why Paul was clicking pictures of a python instead of running away, this might clear things up.
“Monty’s well known to us. He hangs around back of our pool and scares my wife when she’s hanging up our washing.”
With 12,000 retweets, Monty is now quite famous. Netizens are having a field day making transport puns at his expense. Of course, there are some who feel quite frightened by him as well.
Public transport #FTW
Good idea: Riding public transit to eliminate carbon footprints.
Better idea: Riding something that leaves behind no footprints.
— Reimi Sugimoto is My Guardian Angel (@GetterOne) December 31, 2018
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Amazing! Must be with Uber to fit that many on the ride!
— Peter Letchford (@cosmoswest) December 31, 2018
3. Free, actually
Why walk when the ultimate stretch limo is available, cheap, too!
— Louise Russin “You’re standing in my bubble” (@cookiemutt) December 31, 2018
4. This one’s hilarious
Were they toad away? 😀
— Michelle (@cashandcarrots) December 31, 2018
5. Night terrors
Holy nightmare fuel
— Axel Chase (@DudeItsHardArt) December 31, 2018
6. My initial reaction
— Lelani Black (@lelaniblack) December 31, 2018
Conservation biologist Jodi Rowley also saw the picture and what she revealed may have been more bizarre than the picture itself.
They're all male Cane Toads attempting to mate with the python!!!! Male Cane Toads are often a little too keen…. 😂That is an amazing photo!!! Please record any and all frogs you hear calling (incl. toads) with the free FrogID app https://t.co/DRd8Epfi38
— Jodi Rowley (@jodirowley) December 31, 2018
That is definitely freaky. And weird. I’m not the only one who thinks that, right?