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Python's furry meal proves a lifesaver
Posted 34 minutes ago
Updated 13 minutes ago
The python was stolen from a Perth research centre.
Map: Heathridge 6027
A python stolen from a Perth wildlife centre has been found by using the tracking device on the animal it ate.
The two-metre carpet python swallowed a woylie* in the Narrogin district, in WA's south, earlier this month.
The snake was taken to the Department of Environment and Conservation's (DEC) Woodvale research centre for treatment because the marsupial was still wearing a wristwatch-sized radio at the time it was swallowed.
The snake was then stolen from the centre on Monday.
The DEC used a plane to locate the radio collar and found the snake, with the collar still inside it, at a house in Heathridge.
John Angus from the research centre says they were lucky to find the python.
"There's obviously a lot of hard work in relocating any stolen items," he said.
"The fact that we were able to pinpoint this animal ... we probably would have never of recovered it otherwise."
It is understood two men have been taken into custody.
A woylie is a small marsupial also known as a brush-tailed bettong. It is listed as endangered.