Marcia Hayston's two-metre pet Python, Guts, travelled to Emerald McDonald's under someone's car bonnet after getting out of the house.
Marcia Hayston's two-metre pet Python, Guts, travelled to Emerald McDonald's under someone's car bonnet after getting out of the house.

Two metre Python catches a ride to CQ Maccas store

A 12-year-old pet python has made it home safely after catching a ride to the Emerald McDonald’s store on Wednesday.

Marcia Hayston said her two-metre long snake, Guts, went missing from her Mayfair home about 6am on February 10.

“I was home unwell from work and didn’t check on him until later that day when I realised he was missing,” she said.

“My older son had checked on him the afternoon before and must have not locked the enclosure properly.”

Little did she know, Guts had slithered to her neighbour’s house, who found him at the front door at 6.30am.

Marcia Hayston's two-metre pet Python, Guts.
Marcia Hayston's two-metre pet Python, Guts.

Not knowing it was a pet, they asked someone to relocate him, but Guts was on a mission to get back home and slithered off up the street.

He found shelter under someone’s car bonnet, and with the car owner too scared to try and move him Guts went on a drive to work at McDonald’s.

Ms Hayston said she posted on Facebook when she noticed he was missing and her neighbour went over and told her what happened that morning.

After door knocking around the street, she found out he had been taken on a trip to McDonald’s.

She drove to the restaurant carpark hoping he was still there, and sure enough, Guts was curled up under the bonnet, waiting to be rescued.

“He had been there all day. He must have been so scared, poor baby,” Ms Hayston said.

“It took me a few goes to get him out but a lovely lady stopped and helped me.

“We got him out and put him in a doona cover and luckily he was OK – a bit dirty but unharmed.”

Guts, a 12-year-old pet python.
Guts, a 12-year-old pet python.

She said she cried of happiness and after a quick check over Guts was taken home, safe and sound.

Ms Hayston has raised Guts since he was a snakelet and said he was very much part of the family.

“Guts is a beautiful natured boy, gentle and never bitten, that has been handled regularly since he was a month old.

“He is so special to me because he is part of our family just like all of our other family pets.”

She said he was happy to be home after the big adventure, and thanked the Emerald community for its support and assistance in finding her loved pet.


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