A mammoth snake in Queensland has had a lucky escape after it found itself in a perilous position on top of a barbed wire fence.
The 2.7-metre long carpet python was spotted in Brisbane's southwest unable to move on the barbed wire fencing.
The RSPCA was called, with a rescue unit attending to the snake. Remarkably, they discovered the snake was uninjured and had not sustained puncture wounds. The snake was carefully retrieved and taken to the RSPCA Wildlife Hospital in Wacol before being re-released on Saturday.
A remarkable photo of the snake inside the hospital shows its sheer size, easily outstretching one member of staff standing next to it.
RSPCA Queensland shared the snake's fortunate rescue to Facebook, describing it as a "frightful ordeal" for the serpent. Many online were shocked it went unharmed, while others thanked the charity for its hard work.
"Unbelievable that he wasn't injured," one person wrote.
Others were in disbelief over how calm the worker was standing next to the carpet python.
"Hell no, that's the stuff of nightmares for me," one user said.
Barbed wire fences killing Australian wildlife
Barbed wire has proven problematic for Australian wildlife, with several species of animals struggling to see the wires.
The issue is exasperated when there is a strong food or water source nearby, animal rescuer Hannah van Alphen explained to Yahoo News Australia earlier this month.
Volunteers tackling the issue make barbed wire fences more visible with white-coloured tape or attachments.
However van Alphen said some farmers are resistant to such tactics as fences that trap animals help protect their crops.
"Some of them are aggressively confident changing their fences won’t make a difference. Sometimes I just want to bang my head into a wall when there is such resistance, when it results in such animal suffering and long, slow deaths,” she said.
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