A beach towel has been pulled from inside the stomach of an opportunistic pet snake after it chowed down on a children’s poncho the night beforehand.
Monty, the 18-year-old carpet python, was spotted indulging in the colourful item and the following day was taken to Small Animal Specialist Hospital (SASH) in North Ryde, north of Sydney.
The five kilogram, three-metre female had to be anaesthetised so the vet could take a radiograph and confirm the exact location of the towel.
A flexible endoscope was then placed down Monty's gastrointestinal tract and “very long forceps” were used to grasp the item and pull it gradually out of her mouth.
“Once we had a good grip, the towel was able to be carefully removed from the gastrointestinal tract with endoscopic guidance,” a post to the SASH Facebook page said.
Incredible footage of the procedure showed the item slowly being pulled from Monty’s stomach in an undoubtedly gratifying experience for both the animal and vet.
“It was smiles all round and we're happy to report that both Monty and the beach towel have lived to see another day,” the post said.
“Monty was discharged from hospital the same day and her owner reports she is back to her happy, hungry self.”
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