Video Credit: AsiaWire
This is the moment a giant 21-foot-long python lunges at its captors after it was found in the long grass near a park.
The reticulated python (Malayopython reticulatus) – world’s longest snake species – was woken from its slumber in the bushes next to Chengcing Lake in Taiwan’s south-western city of Kaohsiung.
Members of the fire service were dispatched to Wenqian Road on 3rd October after the worker reported finding the 6.5-metre (21-foot) snake, which weighs over 100 kilogrammes (220 pounds).
The monster apex predator – known for asphyxiating its prey before swallowing it whole – did not take kindly to be disturbed and evicted by the fire service.
Video taken by witnesses shows the large animal curled up into a defensive position and appearing to strike at firefighters who try to subdue it with tools and gloved hands.
The authorities said it took seven firefighters to grab the python, which was later transported in a large blue plastic bin onto the back of a lorry.
It was taken back to the fire station before staff members with the Kaohsiung City Animal Protection Office later took the snake into their care.
The fully reticulated python is the third python measuring over 5 metres (16 feet) found in Kaohsiung this year.
It will be inspected and tagged before officials release it back into the wild.
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