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This is the moment three men including an expert snakecatcher struggle to shift a 10ft python after the terrifying creature was found hiding in a bomb shelter.
The capture of the 3-metre (10-foot) Burmese python (Python bivittatus), whose body was as thick as an adult male’s leg, brought an end to months of searching after the animal had repeatedly fed on the livestock of local residents.
Footage shows the snake catcher and two others having grabbed the large snake and hauling it out of the bomb shelter.
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They then do their best to stuff it into a sack while stunned witnesses gasp.
One of them can be heard shouting: “It won’t fit!”
After the 35-kilogramme (77-pound) snake was spotted in daylight in the village of Xiaotong, which is in Foshan City in South China’s Guangdong Province, local Communist Party Secretary Chen Jingpei sought to catch it.
He and two others chased the Burmese python, but it was too powerful and slipped away into a large opening in the ground, which led to a disused air raid shelter.
Chen called the police and forestry officials, who sent an expert snatch catcher to nab the giant beast, which had reportedly regularly feasted on local chickens, ducks, geese and even fish.
Authorities say they will relocate the Burmese python and release it back into the wild in a more secluded area.
Burmese python are a class-one state-protected species in China – the country’s highest conservation level – and they are categorised as ‘Vulnerable’ on the IUCN’s Red List.