photo from Helen's scrapbook
Python devours kangaroo
Snakes alive - Helen's
scrapbook tells all!
By Dennis Amor
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HELEN Smart is reliving the day she found a
five-metre python swallowing a kangaroo behind her caravan.
She is busy putting together a scrapbook detailing her experience at a
Cooktown caravan park in far north Queensland.
Her story made world headlines after she posted a gruesome two-minute video
on You Tube showing the five-metre amethystine python, Australia's largest
species of snake, tucking into its early morning marsupial meal. It has
attracted nearly 135,000 views.
"It was a truly amazing to see nature up close and at its best," Helen
told Caravanning News while working on her unusual scrapbook story.
"I'm now collecting material of that amazing
adventure we had."
Helen recalled how she had been travelling with friends in three other
caravans but never imagined what they were about to experience.
"My hubby got up in the morning and saw this big bulk at the back of our
caravans," she explained.
"Then it moved and he realised it was a scrub python devouring a kangaroo.
"I must admit I was a bit reluctant to get too close but when I realised
it was too busy eating to worry about us, I videoed it."
During her running commentary Helen says: "Just found this snake at the
back of the caravan, and I'm whispering because you can see it's eating a
"Oh my gawd, it's so big. It's humungous.
"Can't believe it's at the back of the caravan. Poor little kangaroo, you
can see its legs sticking out.
"The snake is constricting as it swallows the kangaroo. It is an amazing
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