Bye Bye Fluffy

Python Devours Children’s Pet Piglet

Off the Top of my Head

By Paul Murray

Sometime in the dark of night on November 11, 2015 a young carpet python slithered silently into the home of Lilly and Fluffy Thompson, wound its muscular body around wee Fluffy, squeezed the life out of him and then swallowed him head first while partner Lilly watched in horror from the corner of the room…expecting a similar fate.


Next morning, Simon Thompson, father of Bennina and Charlie and husband of Martina Reinhardt, discovered the traumatised guinea pig Lilly cowering in fear beside the sated serpent as he quietly digested Fluffy, who was now merely a lump in the 2-metre reptile’s length.

Carpet pythons (Morelia spilota) are non-venemous, nocturnal constrictors and can grow to 4 metres in length. They feed mainly on small mammals, bats, birds and lizards and would have seen Fluffy and Lilly as convenient meals rather than children’s pets. They often inhabit populated areas and serve humans well by eating mice, rats and other vermin. However, they have also occasionally been known to dine on domesticated animals and on March 14, 2014, a 2.5 meter carpet python ate a pet Chihuahua chained to a doghouse in New South Wales, Australia.

Thompson, a park ranger for the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service based in Cairns, Australia, wondered how he would present Fluffy’s demise to his children. Being a staunch environmentalist and committed parent, he decided to catch the snake and explain to his family that snakes are animals too and, like all animals, they need to eat…it was just unfortunate that the family pet Fluffy had satisfied that requirement on this occasion. Explaining this to the children and his German-born wife, who is unlikely to have had a similarly distinct fauna experience before moving to Australia, required considerably deft and compassionate kindred diplomacy.

Thompson assembled the family and carefully explained the natural realism of Fluffy’s noble demise and how his life had prolonged that of another.


Park Ranger Simon Thompson with discovered Fluffy inside this Carpet Python…Fluffy can be imagined when viewing the distended portion of the reptile’s midriff. Photo by Martina Reinhardt


Fluffy being digested. Photo by Martina Reinhart

Perhaps realising that its choice of repast was somewhat indelicate, the captured ophidian attempted to escape the possibility of retribution by constricting Thompson’s leg.


But the experience snake handler had a firm grip on the reptile, which was ironically limited in its natural ability to defend itself by constriction due to the children’s pet in its digestive tract.



After explaining how Fluffy met his tragic end, Thompson showed the snake to his children and permitted them to stroke the lump in its midriff to say a final solemn farewell to their beloved Fluffy.


Bennina Thompson (left) strokes the snake lump to farewell her old friend Fluffy. Photo by Martina Reinhart.

Fluffy leaves behind his partner Lilly, who is undergoing therapy and psychiatric counselling and a nearby facility and is reportedly making good progress in transgressing the trauma of graphically witnessing her partner being crushed and swallowed by a constrictor.


Thompson released the culprit back into the bush and has now snake-proofed the children’s guinea pig house and will look for a replacement for Fluffy…after a suitable period of mourning of course.

About LivinginPeaceProject

Paul Murray is the founder of the LivinginPeace Project. Paul originally from Australia, but have been living in New Zealand for 14 years. Before that he was in Japan for a decade working as a journalist. He met his wife Sanae in Japan and they married in 2008.
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13 Responses to Bye Bye Fluffy

  1. coastingnz says:

    Times like this pleased we live here!

  2. Tazbo says:

    A sad tale. The troubling part, for me, is when I imagine the children being introduced to the reptile. That might have been handled better.

  3. Release the snake and then tell them about it…Mmmm…you’re probably right, but I like the closure they had by stroking the Fluffy lump in the snake before it was released…I reckon Simon did well…I know the family as well and know that they are keen to get their kids into nature and all its mysteries, wonders and realisms.

    • Tazbo says:

      I wonder if the next logical step, then, might be the stroking of a much larger constrictor containing a human family member. Theoretically thinking, that is.

  4. Stroking the snake from the inside…Mmmmm….that might be a little more real than the kiddies could handle I’d expect…

    Do you consider the kindness shown this serpent may result in it taking liberties?

  5. Tazbo says:

    In a case where one’s human family member might have been dined on and still be swelling the snake’s digestive tract, you likely would get access to the inside, yes.

    This was already a blasted cheeky snake, akin to a stranger going into your fridge and taking your underpants from the milk shelf while you nap.

  6. Ummmm….OK…..

    The snake is indeed a cheeky bastard…but you lost me a bit there with the underpants thing…

  7. I rarely wear underpants and NEVER drink milk!

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