Friday, September 08, 2006

"Ewe! What A Meal": How KL Turned Overnight Limelight

I came across this news in The Times paper today (sorry, don't have the cutting). Google news also has others.

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After a big lunch, it's only natural to lie down and digest it
By Morwenna Coniam

MOST pythons make do with a rodent, a bird, or even the occasional reptile for dinner. But this greedy individual swallowed a pregnant ewe and became stranded in the middle of the road as it digested its supersized snack.

The six-metre snake was discovered in the village of Kampung Jabor, near Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia. Firefighters had no difficulty in capturing the python, which was unable to move. Yesterday conservationists were deciding whether to keep the snake — which weighed 90kg (200lb) when it was found — in a zoo or release it back into the wild.

Pythons are known for having eyes bigger than their bellies. There have been several reports of them bursting after attempting to consume large mammals and reptiles such as alligators, and in July surgeons were forced to operate on a 4m (12ft) Burmese python after it inadvertently swallowed a queen-size electric blanket.

Pythons suffocate their prey with their bodies before rhythmic muscular contractions pull the victims down their throats.

Yes, indeed. We have a lot of phytons literally and figuratively in Bolehland.

Next up: "Pulled tea droplets flew all over space in Malaysian mission"

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