Python swallows 40 kilogram deer alive!

December 26th, 2008 - 9:16 pm ICT by ANI  

By Shivaji Salunkhe
Pune, Dec.26 (ANI): An Indian rock python near Pune city of Maharashtra State attracted a lot of pubic attention on Thursday when it swallowed a 40 kilogram deer alive!
The python was first noticed by a farmer couple in Mulshi, a village 50 kms from Pune. They were taken aback after noticing 12-feet python in their field with a hugely swollen abdomen. It looked quite lethargic, lying motionless for long.
Curious villagers, who converged on the site after learning about the strange python, were scared to notice the reptile in such a condition. They approached ”Friends of Nature”, a voluntary organization, for help.
”Friends of Nature” identified the python to belong to Indian rock python species, which is quite rare.
“The python took 10 minutes to vomit it (deer) completely. As it kept coming out we got to know that it is like barking deer, and it came out. For about two minutes the python did not move because the head of barking deer was stuck in its jaws. And, it was not moving,” said Naina Aabale, an activist of a voluntary organization.
The activists with the help of villagers then took the python to a secluded place. They confirmed that the python had swallowed a large sized animal.
It was later found that the animal was a Chinkara deer, which was thrown out by the python during spasmodic movements through its mouth. It was feeling uneasy since swallowing the deer, as it could not digest it.
The python has been kept in the jungle in Mulshi and is being treated for internal injuries. (ANI)

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