Did you know that snakes can unhinge its jaw at a 150-degree angle?
It enables them to swallow prey that’s larger than its head, which includes large rats, small Pomeranians… and cats.
Someone hide the Goody Feed mascot blue cat, quickly!
Python Seen Regurgitating a Domesticated Cat
On Thursday (16 June), Cynthia Ong shared a video of a python regurgitating its unfortunate cat victim along Boon Lay Drive on Facebook.
Viewers’ discretion is advised when watching the video.
In the minute-long video, it’s immediately apparent at the start that the bloated reptile was vomiting out something, and it attracted the attention of some passers-by.
To their shock, none of them could have expected that it would barf out a cat carcass.
After disposing the remnants of its ill-begotten meal on the roadside, the slimmed python proceeded to slither into the darkness of the sewers, never to be seen again.
For Cynthia Ong, a 28-year-old marketing executive, this was a particularly heart-breaking sight because she was an owner of three cats herself.
In the Facebook description, Ms Ong added that she called the Animal & Veterinary Services (AVS) immediately to pick up the carcass.
When AsiaOne reached out to Ms Ong on the same day, she revealed that she shared the videos because she wanted to inform the aunties who typically fed the neighbourhood cats to not look for this cat, since it had unfortunately turned into a meal for a stray reptile.
Owner Finds Her Dead Cat Through The Video
However, what Ms Ong could never have anticipated was that the cat’s owner would stumble upon the brutal video as well after it went viral online.
Worse still, its death has been forever immortalised in video format, in 480p resolution on Sayang Our Singapore’s Community Cats.
The owner of the cat reached out to her later, telling her tragic story of how she lost her cat at first.
Apparently, her cat had “escaped from the toilet window” on Wednesday (15 Jun) and she had been looking for her missing pet ever since.
There’s a saying that “sometimes having no news is good news”, because at least there’s a chance that the cat might still be out there somewhere, merely lost.
However, upon watching the video of the python regurgitating her cat’s corpse, all her hopes about her cat returning to her safe and sound were thoroughly dashed.
The cat was in one piece, but not like this.
When AsiaOne asked Ms Ong if they could speak to the cat owner, Ms Ong declined on her behalf, stating that the owner wasn’t in the right frame of mind to speak of her loss right now.
A moment of silence for the poor cat please.
How Common Are Such Incidents?
According to the AVS and the Animal Concerns Research and Education Society (Acres), it’s not exactly rare of stray or domesticated cats to fall prey to hungry pythons.
For instance, celebrity chef Willin Low shared that his neighbour’s pet chicken was swallowed by a three-metre-long python.
Last March, several otters snuck into a house in Jalan Tari Payong and feasted on the koi and luohan fish, leaving the heads for the owners to find.
Last January, a couple who moved to Singapore were stunned to find a python eating their Pomeranian just outside their Holland Link condominium.
In 2019, a community cat was reportedly consumed by a python too.
… One of the news is not like the others, but the sentiment remains the same.
Acres deputy chief executive, Kalai Vanan, said that pythons usually feed on rats in urban areas, but they’re not above devouring cats that loiter around drains if the opportunity presents itself.
It’s not really the python’s fault; it’s just doing what thousands of years of evolution has taught it: slither around and devour, the bigger the better, because that would mean having to feed less frequently.
This cat was… genuinely unlucky.
Nonetheless, if you come across a python, please call Acres Wildlife Rescue Centre at 9783 7782.
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