Email claims that an attached photograph shows a large snake dragging the body of a cow out of a gorge waterhole.
The photograph is genuine but the description is inaccurate. The animal being hauled up by the large snake is in fact a wallaroo, a stocky Macropod that is generally larger than a wallaby, but smaller than a kangaroo. The snake is an Olive Python.
Subject: FW: INCREDIBLE !THIS PHOTO WAS TAKEN IN AUSTRALIA. LOOK CLOSELY … THAT IS A SNAKE PULLING A COW OUT OF THE WATER !
According to this email forward, the attached photograph shows a large snake pulling the carcass of a cow out of a canyon waterhole somewhere in Australia.
Unlike many images that circulate via email, this photograph is genuine. However, the dead animal is not a cow, although it certainly does appear cow-like at first glance. It is, in fact, a wallaroo (euro), a stocky Macropod that is generally larger than a wallaby, but smaller than a kangaroo. Wallaroos are found in many areas of the Australian continent.
The snake is an Olive python, one of the largest species of python found in northern Australia. The photograph, taken in the Kimberley region of Western Australia, was featured in a July 2005 article previously available on the ABC Far North Qld website. The article noted:
The picture shows a large Olive python capturing dinner – a wallaroo or euro.
Note the size of the python, which if you look closely you can see disappearing out the right hand side of the frame. How much more of it is there, curled around the escarpment it so beautifully blends with?
The person who apparently took the photograph, identified only as “Jody” in the ABC article, added the following entry to the site’s guestbook:
I hope you enjoyed the photo that we took recently while hiking in a gorge in northern Western Australia. The phython was not able to lift the wallaby after trying for approximately one hour. We left him catching his breath on a rock ledge above the pool.
Although the python in the photograph is certainly very large, the misperception that its potential meal is a cow rather than a wallaroo may cause observers to believe that it is somewhat larger than it really is.
Last updated: 2nd June 2010
First published: 22nd May 2007
By Brett M. Christensen
Importance NoticeAfter considerable thought and with an ache in my heart, I have decided that the time has come to close down the Hoax-Slayer website.
These days, the site does not generate enough revenue to cover expenses, and I do not have the financial resources to sustain it going forward.
Moreover, I now work long hours in a full-time and physically taxing job, so maintaining and managing the website and publishing new material has become difficult for me.
And finally, after 18 years of writing about scams and hoaxes, I feel that it is time for me to take my fingers off the keyboard and focus on other projects and pastimes.
When I first started Hoax-Slayer, I never dreamed that I would still be working on the project all these years later or that it would become such an important part of my life. It's been a fantastic and engaging experience and one that I will always treasure.
I hope that my work over the years has helped to make the Internet a little safer and thwarted the activities of at least a few scammers and malicious pranksters.
A Big Thank YouI would also like to thank all of those wonderful people who have supported the project by sharing information from the site, contributing examples of scams and hoaxes, offering suggestions, donating funds, or helping behind the scenes.
I would especially like to thank David White for his tireless contribution to the Hoax-Slayer Facebook Page over many years. David's support has been invaluable, and I can not thank him enough.
Closing DateHoax-Slayer will still be around for a few weeks while I wind things down. The site will go offline on May 31, 2021. While I will not be publishing any new posts, you can still access existing material on the site until the date of closure.
Thank you, one and all!