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Posted at: Sep 21, 2016, 12:10 PM; last updated: Sep 21, 2016, 7:43 PM (IST)

20-ft python dies after swallowing blue bull in Gujarat

20-ft python dies after swallowing blue bull in Gujarat
Girnar Wildlife Sanctuary has kept the python under observation till it digests the blue bull. —ANI

Ahmedabad, September 21

Biting off more than it could chew cost a 20-ft python its life in Junagadh district.

The python died yesterday after swallowing a blue bull (‘nilgai’) at Baliavad village near Gir wildlife sanctuary, a Gujarat forest department official said.

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Villagers found the python lying on the road, its belly distended beyond normal capacity, and apparently struggling to digest the animal it had swallowed.

"Forest officials were informed and they rushed to the site to ascertain its condition," Deputy Conservator of Forest R Senthilkumaran said today.

"It succumbed to the internal injuries caused by the (swallowing of) blue bull," he said.

Pythons swallow their prey whole, and take several days or even weeks to fully digest it. They are known to prey on animals much larger in size.

After eating, a python can go several weeks, if not months, without needing to feed again. — PTI

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