KOTA KINABALU - Civil Defence Department (JPAM) personnel came to the rescue of a villager who stumbled across a 4.6-metre long python near his house in the northern Kota Belud district.
The villager Roslan Sarip Manjadin spotted the reptile under one of the sheds for his 50 pet cats at Kampung Nanamun early Friday morning.
JPAM Kota Belud coordinator Khairul Gumpitai said they were alerted of the incident at about 8.05am and four personnel including himself rushed to the village about 18km from the town area.
He said it took them about 20 minutes to capture the 38kg snake.
Khairul said after the slithery creature was caught, Roslan managed to account for all 50 of his pet cats.
He said the snake was now being kept at the JPAM office in Kota Belud and they intended to hand over the animal to the Sabah Wildlife Department.