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‘Only in Australia’: Frogs, mice and beetles ride a snake to escape floodwaters

Tell us you live in Australia without telling us you live in Australia…

A frog, two mice and a beetle were seen sheltering aboard a snake inside a rainwater tank in viral videos shared on TikTok this week.

It was filmed in western Queensland, according to 9News in Australia. The state has been hit by torrential rains in recent days, leading to catastrophic flooding in its capital Brisbane and southeastern regions.

“Only in Australia,” the poster for the video wrote on TikTok. “Yes, they got them all out alive!” And the snake too!

In the three clips, which have a combined total of over 6.6 million views, the creatures are seen clinging to and even walking alongside the snake as it floats in the water. We see a person trying to fish out the animals with a metal pole.

A snake rescue group, Sunshine Coast Snake Catchers, shared the footage on Facebook, encouraging locals to protect each other during the crisis.

The group said the rain forced many snakes to seek shelter and higher ground, and encouraged people to keep an eye out for snakes in and around the house. He said he received many calls over the past few days, including one about a snake hiding in an umbrella and another in a mailbox.

At least eight people have died this week in flash floods in Queensland and its neighboring state of New South Wales. Tens of thousands of homes were flooded, forcing evacuations and rescues of humans and animals.

Wildlife in the area has suffered, with images and videos showing kangaroos and wallabies caught in floodwaters, waterlogged birds unable to fly or find food and habitats destroyed.

“We expect more wildlife assistance will be needed as the flood waters recede and we have fully equipped rescue vehicles on standby,” said WIRES, a wildlife rescue group.




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