Huge snake devours possum in backyard

A snake catcher arrived at a Queensland property to find it mid-way through eating a large possum and described it as an "incredible" sight.

Huge snake devours possum in backyard

A snake catcher arrived at a Queensland property to find it mid-way through eating a large possum.

Despite having dealt with hundreds of snakes in his job, Stuart McKenzie from Sunshine Coast Snake Catchers 24/7 said on social media it was an "incredible" sight.

"I knew that I was going to a house that had a snake eating a possum, but I just thought it was going to be on the ground which it usually is," Mr McKenzie told nine.com.au

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"I actually thought … I was about 15 minutes away when they called me and I thought the snake would be finished by the time I got there."

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On arrival, Mr McKenzie was confronted by the large python hanging from the family's guttering.

"They (the family) were like 'there he is' and I couldn't believe he was still going," he said.

"But it all made sense because it takes much longer to eat them when they're hanging like that.

"It is common to see them eating a possum but I guess … it's pretty cool to see when they're eating them upside down.

"You normally see them in a more normal position."

Mr McKenzie said the retrieval of the python took about an hour.

All the while, he said the family was eating breakfast at their dining table "enjoying the show and watching nature at work".

"They were surprised at first (by the snake) but then they had sort of an appreciation and I guess a fascination as well," he said.

"I am currently here at a home in Mooloolaba waiting for this Large Carpet Python to finish his yummy meal of possum," he wrote on Facebook this morning.

Many who saw the post on social media commented, it looked like the possum was large enough to be a tree kangaroo.

Carpet Pythons are among the most commonly found snakes in suburban backyards.

Read more: Spot the snake hiding in these Australian backyards

They are generally non-venomous and pose little threat to humans but are known to devour small animals.

Mr McKenzie said the last few weeks had been surprisingly busy for snake catchers.

Normally colder temperatures deter snakes but Mr McKenzie said he had been kept busy as snakes got in their last big feeds before winter.

Earlier this year another python on the Sunshine Coast swallowed a family's pet cat.

Mr McKenzie also responded to that call-out and issued a warning to pet owners.

Python devours family cat

"It was amongst some bushes in the backyard, then I saw the food item and I thought that's a fat food item whatever that is," Mr McKenzie told nine.com.au.

He said the unfortunate incident was a warning for cat owners to keep their animals inside, even during the day."

Just be as responsible as possible, if you can either build a cat run, or when they're outside just be there and supervise," he said.

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Twitter will allow workforce to continue working from home 'forever'

The decision reflects how some measures implemented to deal with the pandemic could lead to a new normal for corporate America, even after the immediate health crisis.

Twitter will allow workforce to continue working from home 'forever'

Twitter will allow some of its workforce to continue working from home "forever" if they choose.

The decision reflects how some measures implemented to deal with the coronavirus pandemic could lead to a new normal for corporate America, even after the immediate health crisis.

Twitter confirmed the move to CNN Business today and did not specify which roles will qualify for the treatment.

But the company said the experience of working from home for the past several months has shown that it can work at scale.

"If our employees are in a role and situation that enables them to work from home and they want to continue to do so forever, we will make that happen," Twitter's vice president of people, Jennifer Christie, said in a statement to CNN Business.

"If not, our offices will be their warm and welcoming selves, with some additional precautions, when we feel it's safe to return."

The company does not expect to open most of its offices, or support business travel, before September. It has also cancelled all of its internal company events through 2020, and could potentially extend that into 2021, the statement said.

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Twitter's shift to allow permanent remote work was first reported by BuzzFeed News, which cited an email to employees sent by CEO Jack Dorsey. Twitter did not respond to CNN Business's request for confirmation of the memo.

Twitter's announcement comes as a growing number of Silicon Valley companies, once known for lavish office perks and sprawling campuses, now appear to be competing against one another to offer the longest timeline for telecommuting as the health crisis continues.

Facebook and Google confirmed to CNN Business last week that they would let many employees continue to work from home through the end of the year. Amazon said employees can work from home until at least early October.

For some big tech companies, following in Twitter's footsteps by allowing telecommuting indefinitely may come at a cost. Businesses such as Apple and Google have each spent billions on office space in recent years.

As Twitter has shifted to semi-permanent telework, it's also slowed hiring.

Twitter had planned to increase its workforce by 20 per cent this year, according to financial filings.

But due to the pandemic, it has put that plan on hold in an effort to control its "total expense growth", hiring only in critical areas including engineering and product, as well as its trust and safety division.

It's not yet known how the moves will affect Twitter's Australian operations.

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