Hong Kong police encounter the 2m-long moon on an official ship

Hong Kong police officers panicked when they discovered a 2-meter-long, 23-kilogram Burmese python appeared on their barge.

Hong Kong police said officers on duty on Police Barge No. 4 at Tolo Canal suddenly discovered a Burmese python at noon on November 8. After a moment of panic, they contacted a snake catcher on a barge to handle it.

According to the video circulating online, the expert tried to catch the 2-meter-long python wrapped around the railing on the deck. The python was eventually captured alive and turned over to an animal welfare organization.

2 m long python discovered on Hong Kong police boat

A Burmese python was discovered on a Hong Kong police boat on November 8. Video: SCMP.

The Burmese python is the only snake species protected in Hong Kong under the Wildlife Protection Regulation. They can grow to a length of 6 m.

A police source said the python found on the canoe had been moved to Kadoorie Ranch and Botanical Garden, which has been running a conservation project since 2011 to facilitate the release of the Burmese python back into its habitat. nature. The project takes care of 130-200 Burmese pythons found each year, of which about 60% are less than 2 meters in length.

The number of Burmese pythons received by the project has increased from 146 in 2011 to 245 in 2019. According to the Hong Kong Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation, most snakes here are harmless. Cases of extremely venomous snake bites, as well as deaths from snake bites, are extremely rare.

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