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Last Updated: Friday, 5 December, 2003, 14:47 GMT
Python overeats itself to death
A huge python has died in Malaysia, apparently after a bout of overeating, according to the BBC's correspondent in Kuala Lumpur, Jonathan Kent.

Villagers in the Cameron Highlands, region north of the capital, caught the snake after it broke into a livestock pen and ate two goats.

The python, which measured eight meters, and boasted a twenty centimetre girth, was rescued from the goats' angry owners by a local taxi driver.

He took it home in his car, but it died before he could hand it over to wildlife rangers.



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