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KWS officers rescue giant python from irate villagers

Curtis Otieno
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KWS rangers on patrol. [Source/ Shedrick Wildlife]

Officers from the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) in Baringo County have captured a giant snake that has been terrifying residents in Baringo South sub-county.

The large reptile, an African Rock Python has been on the radar of Loboi residents for the past one week as they sought to track and kill it for fear of attacks.

However, the officers intervened and captured it on Friday before repatriating it to the Kabarnet Museums in the county's headquarters in Kabarnet.

The snake weighs about 80 kilograms. 

According to Bernard Wasike, the museum Curatorial Assistant, the villagers had launched a hunt for the snake after it began hunting down and feeding on their goats.

Veronica Kibet, a resident, told the Citizen Digital that residents were amazed at the great size of the reptile as it was their first time to see such a huge snake.

However, the county is not new to cases of stray snakes and snake bites and many residents have scars to show as a result of snake bites across the semi-arid county.

Officers at the museum plan to keep the snake at the premises for longer as they conduct research on snakes in the county.

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