A family watched in horror as a python living in their backyard ate a young wallaby while its mum kicked and scratched the snake in vain to save the joey.
The 4m scrub python ambushed a group of wallabies about 4.30pm on Monday while the Barton-Ilic family watched from their veranda.
In less than 45 minutes, the wallaby had been suffocated and swallowed, the Cairns Post reports.
The python quickly retreated to a hole on the property where the family lives.
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