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Unknown Australia - Jungle Monsters (1938)

Unknown Australia - Jungle Monsters (1938)

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Geralton Guardian 1938 (Feb 17)
Geralton Guardian 1938 (Feb 17)

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Geraldton Guardian and Express (WA : 1929 - 1947), Thursday 17 February 1938, page 3National Library of Australiahttp://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article67328936
UNKNOWNAUSTRALIA
CAPEYORKEREGION
WEIRD
WONDERS
OFTHEJUNGLELAND
Mr.EwenK.
Patterson,
a
frequent
contributor
to
the
'Empire
Review'(London)
on
aspects
oflifeinNorth
Queensland,
the
Northern
Territory
and
theGreatHarrier
Reef,contributed
toarecent
number
of
thisreview
an
articlewhichwillstartlemanyAustralianreaders.Hewritesof
Cape
Y'orke
Peninsula,
the
extreme
northof
Queensland,
asa
jungle
landwhichisfullof
terrors.
'This
jungle
isthehomeofAustralia's
largestsnakes,
and
some
ofthe
largest
inthe
world,'
he
states.
'Huge
carpet
snakes,
upwardsof
twenty
feet
long,
and
mightypythons,
are
seen
hanging
headdownwardsfrom
trees
alertforprey.I
sawone
ofthe
pythonsdrop
its
slip
pery,
slimy
coilsaround
a
hugekanga
roo.
There
was
a
terriblecrunch
as
thebands
tightened,
andinlessthanfifteenminutesthesnakehad
entirely
swallowed
the
'roo,andthencurleditselfupto
sleep
off
the
meal.
At
one
prospector's
camp
in
the
jungle
I
sawa
python
thathad
caught
itselfin
a
novel
manner.
One
night
the
prospec
tor
lefthis
dog
chained
to
a
sapling
outsidehis
tent.
Early
next
morning,
whenhewent
outside,
he
was
amazedtofind
the
dogmissing,
andinits
place
'chainedto
the
sapling'
wasa
hugepython
!
The
reptile
hadswallowedthe
dog,
andwith
it,
ofcourse,thechain,and
was
thusunable
to
escape.'The
jungle
isalso
teeming
with
huge
leeches)andticks,whichsuckblood
worse
thanthe
legendary
vam
pires,andgreen
tree
ants,the
most
vicious
ants
known,'
continuesMr.Patterson.
'They
buildtheirnestsin
trees
byweavingtogether
the
leaves,
andwhenever
a
tree
containing
a
nestis
disturbedthe
ants
drop
downin
a
cloudand
attack.
Mostofthecreeksandriversinthe
jungle
are
also
swarming
with
hugeman-eating
croco
diles,
repulsive
beasts,whichattain
aa
length
of
anything
up
to
thirty
feet.
The
saurians
are
a
real
menace
totravellersandworkersinthePenin
sula,
andhavebeen
responsible
forthedeaths
ofmany
men.
I
saw
one
man
have
anarrow
escapefrom
a
crocodile.Herodehishorse
to
a
creekinorder
to
give
theanimal
a
drink.The
horsehad
scarcely
lowereditsheadwhenthere
wasa
suddenswirl
in
the
water
andthe
jaws
of
a
huge
crocodileclosed
on
theanimals
nose^
Within
a
few
secondsthe
madlystraggling
horse
was
dragged
into
deep
water,
andbeforethehorrified
man
could
get
outofthe
saddlehe,
too,
?
was
plungedheadlong
intothestream.Fortunately,he
managed
to
regain
the
bank,
upwhichhe
hurriedly
scrambled,
but
as
he
leftthewater
a
crocodile's
jawssnapped
beneath
him,missing
his
leg
by
inches;
i
..
'Animal
lifeofthe
jungle
alsoincludes
uniquetree-climbingkangaroos,
monkey
opossums,flyingsquirrels
and
flyingfoxes,
whileinmanyof
the
riyer^sis
found
an
amazing
fish
known
as
theriflefish
or
archer
fish—
which
obtainsits
foodby
shooting
insectswith
jets
ofwater.The
bird
lifeincludes
some
ofthemost
beautiful
birdsinthe
world,
andrare'
orchids
and
other
plants
growinabundance.
Re
markable
pitcher
plants,
whichcatchinsectsandsmallbirdsin
a
large
'jug'
attheendoftheir
leaves,
are
also
seen
intheswampy
country.'Concerning
'the
lawyer'
canes
which
hang
in
loops
like
greatsnakes
fromthetalltreesinthe
jungle,
Mr.
Patter
son
writes
:
'These
lawyer
canes
have
long
curved
razor-sharp
barbsthat
can
cut
through
the
stoutest
leather
likepaper,andmany
aman
whohasgoneoffthebeatentrackinthese
parts
hasbeen
fatally
cut
by
thebarbs
torn
across
thethroat
by
an
overhang
ing
barbwhen
blundering
through
inthe
dim
light.There
aresome
very
dangerous
treesinthe
jungle
giantstinging1trees,
theleavesofwhich
causea
maddening
itch
when
they
come
incontact
withtheskin,
and
coughbushes,
which
are
coveredwith
a
fine
yeHowpoisonous
dust.
This
dustis
displacedby
the
slighest
move
mentofthe
bush,
andwhen
inhaled
is
poisonous,
causing
very
severe
cough

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