Huge python eats an gazelle in Kenya
Incredible footage shows a 15-foot-long python eating an adult Thomson’s gazelle in the Masai Mara reserve, Kenya.
This dramatic footage shows the “once-in-a-lifetime” sighting of a gazelle being eaten by a 15-foot python snake on a nature reserve in Kenya, Africa.
The scene was captured by lucky tourists on a game drive in the Masai Mara reserve, popular for sightings of big cats such as lions, leopards and cheetahs, but very rarely snakes.
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In the video, the huge snake can be seen slowly ingesting the gazelle finishing off with the creature’s legs, before slithering away lethargically into a nearby stream.
The snake swells to several times its normal size as the gazelle begins to fill most of its body, while its tail remains curled around the prey not yet ingested.
In the video, a local guide can be heard explaining how the snake produces a substance as it eats which softens the prey and allows it to be digested.
The python is the biggest snake in Africa, but is rarely spotted on game drives due to its ability to camouflage in the surrounding grasses.
As they are so slow, they usually eat smaller animals found in trees such as squirrels, or will occasionally drop out of a tree onto a larger creature, rather than attempting to stalk and catch it.