Residents in a New Territories village home got a bit of a shock yesterday afternoon when they discovered a four-meter-long python at their home.
The Burmese python, which had a diameter of about 10 centimeters, was found in the border town of Sha Tau Kok yesterday, on.cc reports.
Police officers at the scene enlisted the help of a snake wrangler, who appears to be Sai Kung snake expert Dave Willott. (Police had not responded to requests for comment, or for confirmation of the man’s identity, as of press time.)
a Video posted online shows the intrepid wrangler looking for the snake underneath a pile of clutter, before finally grabbing it by the head and pulling it out.
As the snake struggles mightily (and as the cops stand off to the side, looking about as freaked out as everyone else), the man manages to get the head of the python into a white cloth bag while another man in a purple t-shirt holds down its tail.
After another two minutes of wrangling, the python is finally finagled into the bag, as one nearby resident exclaims, “Wow, that’s incredible!”
On.cc reports that police handed the python over to Kadoorie Farm.
Burmese pythons are a common sight in Hong Kong, particularly in thicker jungle areas, and are a protected species. Though they aren’t venomous, they are capable of taking down larger prey like dogs, deer, and boars, but generally not humans.
Willott, the presumed snake wrangler in the video, is the go-to snake catcher in the New Territories, and has been filmed and photographed wrangling pythons in the area, particularly around Sai Kung, where he lives.