A relatively warm winter may be forcing some animals to break their usual habits.
On Thursday, a 3-meter-long python was found in a drain near a luxury residential complex in Kowloon Peak, also known as Fei Ngo Shan, after apparently ending its hibernation early.
An expert snake catcher who was called to the scene believes the milder temperatures may have stoked hunger pangs in the python and prompted the animal to come out of its sleep.
The snake expert, a man surnamed Pong, said the reptile may have been on the lookout for a meal, probably a stray dog or cat, Apple Daily reported.
Pong successfully captured the animal, which weighed 40 pounds and is believed to be around 70 years old. He described it as a Burmese python.
“Its belly had wrinkles. It clearly indicated that there was nothing in its stomach” and that it was probably very hungry, Pong said.
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