Giant snake feared on the loose near Warsaw
PR dla Zagranicy
Residents in an area south of Warsaw have been warned against taking walks in the open after a more than five-metre-long snake skin was found in their neighbourhood.
Python molurus. Photo: David J. Stang [CC BY-SA 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
An animal welfare organisation has said the find means that a dangerous snake, identified as a Python molurus, or Indian python, could be on the loose and hiding somewhere along the Vistula River in the district of Konstancin Jeziorna, just south of the Polish capital.
The Animal Rescue Polska Foundation says it was notified after the freshly-shed snake skin was found in the area on Saturday.
“The moult is fresh, so the snake is hungry and can be aggressive,” the organisation has said on its website.
It has asked people "to refrain from taking walks in the area and sleeping out in the open” and “to watch the area closely."
It added that children and pets were at special risk of attack by the snake, which it said had left traces of being on the move.
A search was under way for the snake on Monday, Polish media reported.
Source: wprost.pl, onet.pl, animalrescuepoland.wordpress.com