This incredible video has captured the moment a live goat is swallowed whole by a huge python as crowds of people gather to watch the feat.
The footage has sparked fears among local residents in the village of Garkhuta in West Bengal, India, that if the snake could devour an adult goat, it could just as easily swallow a human or at least a child.
Among the spectators was photographer Roni Choudhury, who was walking nearby when he saw the giant ten-foot reptile killing and eating the goat. (Scroll down for the video.)
1. In a dramatic moment caught on camera the 10ft python wraps its jaws around a fully grown goat after capturing the animal near the village of Garkhuta in West Bengal, India. The domestic goat’s death captured the attention of villagers.
The goat’s violent death attracted the attention of nearby villagers and a crowd of onlookers gathered around to watch the spectacle unfold. Choudhury said:
The moment I rushed towards the spot, I saw a huge python was eating the goat. It was one of the most spectacular moments I’ve ever witnessed.
The python would be around 9-10 feet long and it looked young.
I was there for more than an hour and later I heard from the villagers that the python finished the goat in around four hours.
2. The python finished the goat in four hours after pouncing in the Sonakhali Reserve Forest.
It is unknown just how the giant python got hold of the goat, but eyewitnesses said the snake continued swallowing its catch, seemingly oblivious to the crowd’s presence. An onlooker said:
It did not seem to be bothered. The python left for the forest after he finished swallowing the goat.
It slowly crawled into the grassy bushes nearby.
The incident is apparently the first to be observed in the village and has led to concerns among snake experts.
3. Experts say that excessive deforestation in the Jalpaiguri Forest Reserve is leading to a grave imbalance in local ecological systems, leading to the python’s attack on a domestic goat.
Experts say that ongoing deforestation in the Jalpaiguri Forest Reserve is causing an imbalance in the ecological system. Vidyut Sarkar, district forest officer, said:
It is a rare incident. This is the first time that I seen something like this.
It would still have been acceptable had this happened inside the forest range or had the python caught a deer or something. But a python strike inside the village is an alarming sign.
If the python caught a goat, it could very easily kill a man or a child.
4. A huge python devours a goat near a village in India.
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