Two Hillcrest police officers in KwaZulu-Natal were commended for their bravery after capturing a 2.5 metre python from a Maphanga homestead in KwaNgcolosi near Hillcrest.
Hillcrest police spokesperson Constable Ndumiso Manqele said the police officers, Constable Renee Matthews and Constable Raymond Mhlongo, received a complaint about a disturbance in the KwaNgcolosi area at about 7.30am on Tuesday, Highway Mail reported.
“Upon arrival the officers spoke to family members who were scared of a ‘big python’ that was seen in the yard. The officers went beyond their call of duty to rescue the family from the python. They captured it and took it to Phezulu Snake Park,” said Manqele.
Hillcrest police acting station commander Colonel Myburgh commended the officers on their good work.
In a separate incident, a huge python was found eating a fully-grown goat near Ezakheni, KwaZulu-Natal, last year.
The massive snake had already begun to constrict the goat to ready it for consumption.
The snake and its prey were found on a rocky mountainface by residents of the area.
– Caxton News Service