Date
23 October 2017
"Snake King Pong" was called in after a python was spotted in a house making a meal of a baby cat. Photo: Google Map, Apple Daily
"Snake King Pong" was called in after a python was spotted in a house making a meal of a baby cat. Photo: Google Map, Apple Daily

Nine-foot-long python caught in Sai Kung after cat dinner

A Burmese python measuring 9 feet was caught alive in Sai Kung early Thursday after it gobbled up a two-month-old wild cat, Sky Post reported.

The reptile was captured at a house in Tai Wan Tau village after it apparently sneaked in for a night-time meal, the paper said.

A Filipino domestic helper at the house is said to have first spotted the python as she walked into the kitchen at about 4 am after hearing some noise and a cat’s wail.

The python was seen entangling a baby cat that had been a frequent visitor to the house. Shocked at the sight, the helper alerted her employer who in turn called the police.

Police officers arrived soon and fenced off the area before calling in a snake expert.

The snake expert, known by his nickname “Snake King Pong”, took about 10 minutes to capture the python.

Pong said the python was male and about 60 years in age. As there was no trace of the cat and the python’s abdomen showed a clear bulge, he figured the animal has been swallowed. 

As the python is classified as a protected species, it was transferred to the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department for possible release into the wild later.

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