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Australian pet python has BBQ tongs surgically removed

X-Ray showing tongs inside snake Image copyright University of Adelaide
Image caption Incredible X-Ray images show the tongs lodged inside the python

A pet python in the Australian city of Adelaide has had surgery to remove a pair of BBQ tongs it accidentally ate, according to local media.

Owner Aaron Rouse was feeding a dead rat to his snake, named Winston, when the reptile swallowed the tongs.

Mr Rouse enlisted the help of a veterinarian at Adelaide University to perform the operation to extract them.

"We were able to remove them quite easily once we got the big end out," Dr Oliver Funnell told ABC news.

Snakes have the ability regurgitate food if they have a change of heart, but Dr Funnell says he was not confident Winston would be able to regurgitate the tongs "even if he tried".

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Image caption The snake's owner told local media he was "dumbfounded" when Winston gobbled up the tongs
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Image caption The basic shape of the tongs is clearly seen in the X-ray images
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Image caption This image shows the serrated edge on one side of the tongs
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Image caption Adelaide University veterinarians performed the surgery on Winston
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Image caption Winston is said to be on his way to good health

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