What is thought to be one of the biggest python snakes ever captured in East African has been presented to the Nairobi Snake Park in Kenya.
CU Python in pit
SV Keepers taking snake from pit
CU People watch as keepers carry snake to pool (2 shots)
SV Keepers place snake alongside pool and run away
VU Snake strikes at keeper
CU & SV Keepers carrying snake back to park (2 shots)
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Background: What is thought to be one of the biggest python snakes ever captured in East African has been presented to the Nairobi Snake Park in Kenya.
The 19-foot (6-metres) monster was caught by veteran snake catcher, Eliud Waweru, single handed. It took him seven hours to dig the python, which has a 19-inch (50 c.m) girth, from the ground. The specimen has been identified as a female African Rock Python. She's thought to be 25 years old.
After catching the snake, Mr. Waweru put the huge reptile in a sack and loaded it on to his bicycle. He then handed it over to the Park, where it has been officially recorded as the biggest in the sanctuary's 15-year history.
Normally snake catchers are paid 30 shillings (3 U.S. dollars) for their catch but Mr. Waweru received 100 shillings (10 U.S. dollars) for the monster.
The park staff are so happy with the find that they are now talking about getting another similar snake as a mater.
SYNOPSIS: This huge female African Rock Python snake is the pride of the Nairobi Snake Park in Kenya. She's a recent acquisition and was caught single handed by a veteran snake catcher after an eight-hour struggle. The park attendants have every right to be proud of their attraction. She's 19 feet long and has a girth of 19 inches.
Normally the snake catchers get thirty shillings for every snake they bring back to the park. But for his effort in catching this monster, Eliud Waweru was give 100 shillings. The snake was carried in a sack on a bicycle to a park, slithering and fighting all the way. And the park attendants have a healthy respect for the huge reptile.
She's about 25 years old and has been officially recorded as the biggest caught in the sanctuary's 15 year history. Some experts say she may be the largest python ever caught in East Africa. There's some talk about trying to get a mate for her--but no one has yet dared ask Mr. Waweru if he'll risk another, eight-hour battle to oblige.