Python helps nab thieves who stole it

June 26th, 2009 - 12:22 pm ICT by IANS  

Sydney, June 26 (DPA) Thieves who stole a 2-metre python from a west-coast Australian wildlife research centre earlier this week were undone by the snake itself, news reports said Friday.
The snake was in the Woodvale centre for observation after it caught and swallowed a local rabbit-sized marsupial called a woylie that was wearing a wristwatch-sized radio monitor.

The device was still emitting signals. Sleuths at the department of environment and conservation put up an aircraft and traced the signals to a house in Perth’s suburbs.

“There’s obviously a lot of hard work in relocating any stolen items,” Woodvale spokesman John Angus told the West Australian newspaper. “The fact that we were able to pinpoint this animal… we probably would’ve never of recovered it otherwise.”

Two men have been taken into custody and are helping police with their enquiries.

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