Gobsmacked mum films snake's long lunch on bat
AN APPLE Tree Creek mother was gobsmacked to discover a python slowly feasting on a bat in her backyard before the school run.
Bonnie Chaplin said her children woke her up about 6.30am after they found the snake in their backyard.
She grabbed her phone to film the feast.
Posting the event on Facebook Ms Chaplin kept the community updated on the slow consumption.
"Well the kids have just come out to fill up Rusty's water and we've got a snake here," she says.
"And the snake has got a bat - I'm assuming that's just a python as it's constricting."
The bat can be heard murmuring as the snake takes hold.
"It's not something you want to wake up to first thing in the morning," she said.
"I hate snakes, I really do."
Ms Chaplin filmed the snake over four hours and was amazed it was still going after she dropped the children to school.
"There's no way this snake is going to eat this bat, there's no way it's big enough," she can be heard saying as she filmed the incredible act.
"This is crazy - the kids are upstairs watching out the window.
The process was so slow caterpillars were seen crawling over the snake as it constricted its prey.
"He's definitely committed," Ms Chaplin said.
"The bat seems way too big for this fella to even try and eat it - it's amazing how big their mouths can stretch out."
At one stage Ms Chaplin thought the snake may have changed its mind after chomping down half of the flying mammal.
"I'm pretty sure he's trying to back track his thoughts on this and regurgitate it," she said.
"So, I will just leave him and see how he goes, I don't do snakes and I am not going to get involved."
Later that day the snake, with a big full belly, was seen slithering away through a large gap in the fence.
The videos have now gone viral and have been watched by people around the nation.