Home grown human protector! Yep, that’s what we have here at home. I have written elsewhere about our resident “Giggard”.
“Giggard” – who is a substantial sized goanna, earned his nick name from our 3-year-old grand-daughter, who for some reason, does not like the word goanna – so “Giggard” it is.
Giggard stands high on his / her back feet and chases our much-loved grand baby across the lawn – needless to say, she runs as fast as she can screaming “Giggard is after me nanny – save me nanny” – so out comes the broom, and Giggard is “persuaded” not to chase or intimidate our granddaughter.
Today though, only a short while ago a sight unravelled, that those rarely are able to see firsthand.
While bringing in the washing, there was a loud rustling in the buffel grass behind me. At first, I thought nothing of it, however, when the dogs started to become rather agitated, and jumped up on their kennels, I thought a look may then be warranted.
As I drew closer to the long moving buffel a sight met me that I most certainly did not expect – there was “Giggard” – not unexpected – however, “Giggard” had a mulga snake of approximately 5 feet in length in its mouth giving it a thrashing!
So off I went for the camera…(I know, it’s a worry! Lol) On my return, the snake was gone – deeper into the buffel grass and “Giggard” was now on the hunt!
A short while later (about 45 mins) while on the veranda, movement I could see out of the corner of my eye – it was the mulga snake, about ½ a foot high with his head in the air heading out of the long buffel grass in a big hurry – however, behind him in the grass was a heck of a lot of movement..”Giggard” had hold of the snake’s tail, and was pulling it back – it appeared late lunch was still on the menu after all!
This time my camera was handy on the table outside – and here are the photographs in order from when “Giggard” lost the snake the first time, to hunting it, catching it, killing it, devouring it and then off to find a spot in the sun before retiring to the shade.
Please note all photographs are copywrite to Cate Stuart & Mt Morris Station – thank you.