Few people want to get out of bed in the morning and, as discovered by one Dongguan woman, neither did the 2.5 meter-long python she found nestled under her sheets.
At around 6pm on June 6 during Dragon Boat Festival, a woman surnamed Wang went to her second-story bedroom in Shanmei New Town, Dongguan to find the enormous snake in her bed underneath the covers. Without skipping a beat, Wang’s nephew, Haibo, snapped a photo of the 12.5 kilogram snake and posted it on Weibo.
During an interview with the Yangcheng Evening Report, Wang Haibo confirmed the story to be true. When the family discovered the snake, Wang took charge claiming he was taught how to capture snakes while serving with the army in Hainan Province.
Wang crept up slowly and grabbed the python by the head. The snake then began coiling around his wrist. Wang then asked for a bag to put the snake in, but there wasn’t one in the house. It wasn’t until a neighbor showed up with a cloth bag a half hour later that the python was subdued.
Unfortunately, this report doesn’t explain a few things: why a Dongguan woman would use bedcovers during this sweltering heat, why “snake capturing” is a skill taught in the army (Metal Gear Solid 3?), or what happened during the 30 minutes between the time the snake wrapped itself around Wang’s wrist and when the bag finally arrived.
However, Wang explains with artful precision the reason why
you should be afraid to sleep ever again the python was found in his aunt’s bed:
It has been raining continuously lately, and the heat during Dragon Boat Festival has been tremendously hot and stuffy. It may be that this big snake may have felt it was too hot, and crawled up from the sewers and into the house.
Up from the sewers and into a second-floor bedroom? Is there any correlation with the board game Snakes and Ladders?
Burmese pythons are indigenous to Guangdong Province and Southeast Asia, and some residents keep the snakes as pets. Last June, Chimelong Safari Park in Guangzhou became the new home of six albino Burmese pythons.
Photo: Yangcheng Evening Report