I’ve always marveled at snakes’ abilities to swallow large prey whole. And even though I’ve seen many National Geographic movies explain in details precisely how the reptiles achieve the feat, I’m still in awe.
And how can I not be? I mean, the images and video that follow will show you something many of you would have thought to be impossible. I know I did. A Indian rock python is seen swallowing a baby antelope whole.
The incredible feat was captured by Indian animal rescuer and photographer Nitish Bambhaniya in the village of Billa in the Indian state of Gujarat. Mr. Bambhaniya and a member of his team were tipped by a local of the area that a giant snake was devouring a nilgai, which is a type of Asian antelope also known as a blue bull. The two hopped on a motorcycle and drove 25 miles to arrive at the scene.
They were amazed by what awaited them. Mr. Bambhaniya, who runs the Red Headed Vulture Nature Club, described what he saw:
When we reached the spot. We saw this massive python. The python had hunted a baby blue bull and had already eaten 80 per cent of the bull’s body.
It was on the edge of an open field, so lots of locals started gathering there.
But then something unexpected happened. Many locals wanted to kill the python, fearing that if they let it go, it would be a risk to children. When it observed the crowd gathering around, the python stopped swallowing the antelope and let go of it. Mr. Bambhaniya explained:
Pythons do it so that they can shed body weight and escape faster.
Meanwhile, we convinced the villagers not to kill the python and they agreed. Later we caught the python and handed it over to the forest department officials.
The python was then released by the officials in a forest nearby and slithered away. The antelope, of course, was dead. (Scroll down for the video.)
1. An Indian rock python was captured on camera swallowing an antelope whole.
2. The impressive digestive feat was captured by Indian animal rescuer Nitish Bambhaniya.
3. Many locals wanted to kill the python, fearing that if let go, it would be a risk to children.
4. The python didn’t make a meal of the digestive feat, easily swallowing its huge prey.
5. The snake has almost finished its meal, as locals look on.
6. In the end the snake regurgitates the antelope as it feared being attacked by the locals.
And here is the video:
Source: The Daily Mail.
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