KUANTAN: Taman Negara has quashed rumours that a python had swallowed a human in the popular national park following the circulation of pictures of the bulging snake on the Internet.
One of the three photographs shows the snake cut open, revealing the lower part of a human body said to be that of a teenager.
The other pictures show the snake, with its bulging mid-section, in the back of a pick-up truck.
Taman Negara controller Abdul Kadir Abu Hashim said this was not the first time that the pictures had been circulated online.
He added that these first appeared early last year.
“We received many enquiries, including one from the Natural Resources and Environment Ministry at that time.
“An investigation was carried out, including interviews with the locals and orang asli.
“We even contacted the police if they had received any report of such an incident but there was none,” he said in Lipis yesterday.
Abdul Kadir said when the pictures were magnified, it was found that the registration plate number on the vehicle was different from that used in Malaysia.
“I am convinced that it did not happen in Taman Negara. If anything were to happen, I would know,” he said.
He also said that large pythons like that featured in the photographs were normally found in the lowlands.
“These are not found in mountain range jungles like Taman Negara,” he said.
Abdul Kadir said he did not rule out the possibility that the pictures were being re-circulated to sabotage Taman Negara, which was a major tourist attraction.
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