Friday, January 26, 2007

70kg Python that Ate 11 Dogs Captured in Segamat

SEGAMAT: The mystery surrounding 11 missing dogs was solved when villagers caught a huge python on Wednesday.

Ali Yusof, 35, who had lost 11 dogs in the past three months, found the python coiled at the edge of a swampy area near his orchard at Kampung Pogoh here.

He ran to inform other villagers.

"I was shocked to see such a huge python," he said.

It took six men and three hours to capture the 70kg snake which measured 7.1 metres in length and 60cm in diameter. They tied it to a tree.

Ali said he had four dogs to guard his orchard, but for the past three months the canines had disappeared one after another, and he had to replace them. He suspected his guard dogs were being eaten by a beast after he found footprints of the dogs disappearing into a swampy area.

"But I did not expect it to be a python," he said.

Ali and the villagers contacted the Wildlife and National Parks Department in Segamat and the officers collected the python yesterday.


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