Feeds

Gator menaces Cornish duck pond

Dragnet fails to locate rogue reptile

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

The residents of a Cornish village are on full-scale 'gator alert following the discovery of a two-foot cayman in the local duck pond.

According to the Daily Telegraph, 20-year-old Stacey Clayton and daughter Alanna were feeding the ducks in the village pond at St Blazey when mum saw what she thought was a large log floating in the water. In this case, however, the log had eyes and when Clayton chucked at stone at it, it rather alarmingly scuttled off into the undergrowth.

A shaken Clayton recounted: "I noticed this big log in the water, but as I got closer I saw its eyes. I wasn't sure whether it was alive so I threw a stone near it. It lifted its head and looked straight at me. I saw its tail and a dozen teeth coming down from its top jaw. I went home and called the RSPCA. My dad said it was probably a cayman."

An RSPCA dragnet of the area surrounding the pond failed to locate the beast, and the organisation warned locals to keep their eyes peeled for rogue reptiles. It did note, however, that the cold may already have done for the animal.

The RSPCA added that the Cornish cayman incident "highlighted the problem of people keeping exotic animals with little or no knowledge of the care they require".

Gator versus pythonQuite so, although the good Burghers of St Blazey can consider themselves lucky they don't live in the Everglades, where a recent encounter between a six-foot alligator and a 13-foot Burmese python left both the monsters dead.

According to the BBC, Burmese pythons - dumped by their owners - have thrived in Florida's swamps, so much so that they feel confident enough to take on a 'gator. In this case though, the python apparently exploded as it tried to swallow its prey.

Frank Mazzotti, a University of Florida wildlife professor, told AP: "Encounters like that are almost never seen in the wild. They were probably evenly matched in size. If the python got a good grip on the alligator before the alligator got a good grip on him, he could win."

This clash of Titans has led experts to speculate that the python could fight its way to the top of the food chain, outsting its native reptile adversary. "Clearly, if they can kill an alligator they can kill other species," Prof Mazzotti concluded. ®

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

More from The Register

next story
Holy vintage vehicles! Earliest known official Batmobile goes on sale
Riddle me this: are you prepared to pay US$180k?
Bible THUMP: Good Book beats Darwin to most influential tome title
Folio Society crowns fittest of surviving volumes
'Open source just means big companies can steal your code.' O RLY?
Plus: Flame of the Week returns, for one night only!
Hey, you, PHONE-FACE! Kickstarter in-car mobe mount will EMBED your phone into your MUG
Stick it on the steering wheel and wait for the airbag to fire
NEWSFLASH: It's time to ditch dullard Facebook chums
Everything hot in tech, courtesy of avian anchor Regina Eggbert
'It is comforting to know where your data centres are.' UK.GOV does NOT
Plus: Anons are 'wannabes', KKK says, before being pwned
Criticism of Uber's journo-Data Analytics plan is an Attack on DIGITAL FREEDOM
First they came for Emil – and I'm damn well SPEAKING OUT
U wot? Silicon Roundabout set to become Silicon U-BEND
Crap-spouting London upstarts to get permanent road closure
prev story

Whitepapers

Why and how to choose the right cloud vendor
The benefits of cloud-based storage in your processes. Eliminate onsite, disk-based backup and archiving in favor of cloud-based data protection.
Getting started with customer-focused identity management
Learn why identity is a fundamental requirement to digital growth, and how without it there is no way to identify and engage customers in a meaningful way.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
The hidden costs of self-signed SSL certificates
Exploring the true TCO for self-signed SSL certificates, including a side-by-side comparison of a self-signed architecture versus working with a third-party SSL vendor.
Intelligent flash storage arrays
Tegile Intelligent Storage Arrays with IntelliFlash helps IT boost storage utilization and effciency while delivering unmatched storage savings and performance.