Villagers at Lam Hau Tsuen in Yuen Long have caught a 10-foot python that they suspect of having gobbled up a lamb, but decided to release it instead of handing it over to the authorities, Apple Daily reports.
The giant snake was found lying on the grass in a village farm, apparently resting in the sunshine.
It had a bulging abdomen, leading villagers to suspect that it had just swallowed a lamb from the farm.
They caught the python without much effort because it could barely move. They carried it to a hillside and set it free.
A spokesman for the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department said a python that is caught alive is normally sent to the Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden for check-up by veterinarians.
If the snake is found to be in healthy condition, it is set free in one of the country parks that are far from residential areas.
In May last year, a Burmese python was caught alive in Sai Kung after it apparently swallowed a domestic goat.
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