Security officer wrestles lowlife of another kind

2013-04-11 00:00

FRANTIC calls to a Verulam security company had guards racing to the scene of a “crime” where they found a bandit of a different kind.

A Burmese python more than three metres long turned out to be the cause of panic among residents outside a home in Redcliffe at 9 pm on Tuesday night.

Reaction Unit South Africa head Prem Balram said their control centre initially thought a crime was in progress.

But onlookers at the scene watched a reaction officer wrestle in the dark with a snake for several minutes before he pulled it away from the home and into a lit area.

The reptile was injured when residents threw stones to keep it away from the property.

Balram said his officer bundled the snake into his vehicle and returned to base.

A snake expert arrived a few hours later and took the python away to be released into the wild.

Internet sources say Burmese pythons, of Asian origin, are popular as pets. They have big appetites.

They usually grow no longer than 3,7 metres, but specimens over five metres have been recorded.

A Burmese python was caught in Verulam in March last year, The Witness reported.

A resident sounded the alarm after seeing the python in the garage of her family home.

It was also more than three metres long.

Balram said at the time that his officers caught the snake and released it unharmed into dense bush near a river.

— Witness Reporter.

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