Saturday, January 27, 2007


Howard's new hero

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 26 (Reuters Life!) - Guard dogs protecting a fruit orchard in Malaysia have met their match -- a 7.1-metre-long (23-ft-long) python that swallowed at least 11 hounds before it was finally discovered by villagers.

"I was shocked to see such a huge python," orchard-keeper Ali Yusof told the New Straits Times in an article published beneath a picture of the captured snake, which was almost long enough to span the width of a tennis court and as thick as a tree trunk.

Villagers did not harm the snake, which was tied to a tree then handed to wildlife officials, the paper said on Friday.

5 comments:

Sherwood Harrington said...

How would one tie a python to a tree? "Very carefully," I know, but beyond that. Would you use a rope, and, if so, what part of the snake would you tie it around? Do snakes have necks? Or would you just tie the snake itself in a big knot around the tree trunk?

*That* is the picture I want to see.

Jedidiah said...

my first question was answered by carefully re-reading...see I was unaware that a python would eat fruit, especially 11 pounds, and how would they know how many pounds he ate...oh, HOUNDS! Well that is different, isn't it...

But I really do need more information about how they tied him to the tree...can you put a collar on a snake? Or was this more in line with the Saturday morning cartoon images that come to mind, and require no rope?

To use the expression "like tying a 23 foot python to a tree" would be okay in this instance?

Jedidiah said...

one lousy minute...now I know how Elisha Grey felt...

Not that it matters now, but my post was made by dial-up...

Mike said...

I'm thinking, first of all, that the tree would have to be tall enough that there were no branches for the first, oh, 25 feet or so of trunk. Then you're going to need a very long piece of rope, and someone to stand the python up on the end of its tail ...

Mike said...

Elisha Grey was trying to file his patent on a dial-up connection?

Well, fella, now THERE'S yer problem ...