Thursday, January 20, 2011

Hop on! Snake gives frog a piggy-back to beat Australian floods


Snakes alive! The frog is pictured getting as helping hand from the snake in the swirling floodwaters of Queensland

In an apparent re-run of the famous fable The Scorpion and the Frog, this 'I can't-believe-my-eyes' moment came as a snake is caught on camera giving a frog a lift on its back to escape the Australian floods.

Real life played out backwards though, as the frog was the animal hitching the ride this time around.

But whereas in the fable the scorpion stings the frog causing them both to drown, this story had a happy ending as the two plucky animals put aside old differences to fight the elements.

Amid the photos of catastrophe, despair and destruction that beset the eastern state of Queensland, computer technician Armin Gerlach snapped the green frog hitching a ride on the back of a brown snake through the floodwaters near Brisbane.

'It's quite common when you have animals in floods or fires or disasters, they actually get together. But this was amazing. I just couldn't believe it.'

The floods have taken a terrible human toll, however, and in the Brisbane suburb of Toowomba today Donna Rice, 43, and her 13-year-old son Jordan became the first of Queensland's flood victims to be buried.

Red roses were scattered over their white coffins as the funeral brought home the tragic consequences of the floods that engulfed Australia’s northeast earlier this month, claiming the lives of 26 people so far.

The estimated cost of the flood damage stands $5billion Australian dollars (£3.1billion).

source: dailymail

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