Python rescued from fishing net in West Bengal

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Purulia (WB), Sep 24 (ANI): A 13-feet long python was found trapped in the fishing net in the pond of Panbazar village in Purulia district of West Bengal.

The python weighing around 10 to 12 kilograms was spotted by Alok, a local fisherman who went to the pond to collect the catch for the day.

To his horror he saw that an adult python was trapped in the net and somehow he managed to free the snake at the cost of the fishing net.

Alok has now demanded a compensation from the forest department as his net was torn and damaged while freeing the reptile.

"We went to pick up our fishing nets and found a snake stuck in it along with other fishes. With a lot of difficulty we managed to remove it and our nets also got damaged. Now we need to be compensated for the loss of our nets," said Alok.

Biswanath Dutta, Divisional Forest Officer, Kagsdabati Range said that plans are afoot to release the python in the jungles, its natural habitat.

Pythons are among the largest snakes in the world.

They reach a length of eight to nine metres and have enough muscle power to overcome and swallow an animal as large as a grown up fawn or calf. (ANI)

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