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Old 07-11-03, 07:28 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Talking 16ft python has tummyache

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Seven Men Carry Fat Python to Zoo
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KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia - Seven men struggled for more than an hour to lift a huge python that had recently swallowed a goat or a similar-sized animal in a village in southern Malaysia, so it could be taken to a zoo.

Residents of Kuala Pilah village, about 50 miles south of Kuala Lumpur, found the 16-foot long, thigh-thick python lying stupefied in a ditch near an oil palm plantation, fire department spokesman Mat Nordin Abu Bakar said Friday.

A large bulge in the snake's midriff indicated it had recently eaten a big meal.

"The villagers believe it had eaten a goat that had gone missing, but we can't say for sure," Mat Nordin told The Associated Press. "It could even be a wild boar from the nearby plantation."

Four Fire and Rescue Department officers and three villagers took over an hour to hoist the snake out of the ditch and into a truck, he said.

The snake was taken to the National Zoo in Kuala Lumpur.

Tropical Malaysia is home to more than 140 species of snake, from delicate, brightly colored tree snakes to heavy pythons that use their bulk to crush prey before swallowing it whole.

Large snakes are often found in plantations, where they feed on squirrels and other mammals. Pythons, which are not poisonous, rarely attack humans.

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