Python at Silole

By Will Knocker:

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Yesterday an excited Kumbu, my neighbour’s child, came to call me to see a rare sight: a python!

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It had caught an adult hare & swallowed it in record time (must have been hungry!) This snake was 5 foot long, so a hare was mighty big for it!

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We have a plague of Bush hyrax at Silole (& obviously not enough predators) & pythons are often killed on sight, so to me at least, this snake is very welcome….

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Having put back it’s dislocated jaw (the only way to swallow such large prey) it slithered off to find a resting place, where it  will hide & digest for the next month or two….that is one Big Meal!