ALOR SETAR: A 6.1m-long python was caught by the Malaysia Civil Defence Force (JPAM) in Kampung Kaki Bukit, Baling, after it wandered into the village looking for food.
Villager Fikri Zulkifli, 27, said he spotted the reptile at about 3am on Friday while walking home.
“I quickly alerted my friends to help catch the reptile but we could not due to its size.
“We then called the Baling Civil Defence Force for help,” he said yesterday.
JPAM officer Lt Mohd Faizol Ab Aziz said the python weighed about 100kg.
“We received a distress call at 3.14am. I believe the reptile had left the nearby forest to search for food at the village,” he said at the JPAM base in Jalan Weng.
Mohd Faizol said they took nearly 30 minutes to catch the reptile as it was huge and aggressive.
“It’s probably one of the longest reptiles we have ever caught,” he said.
Mohd Faizol said the snake would be handed over to the Wildlife Department.
In April 2016, a 7.5m python, weighing about 250kg, was caught by JPAM personnel in Paya Terubong. It was the largest and longest python caught by the department in Penang that year.
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