"Locals did not harm it. After they informed us regarding the reptile, we rushed to the village and caught it alive," said a senior forest department official.
The python had strayed into a field in Bankuala village but was ensnared in the net that farmers had spread to keep off cattle from the standing crop, the official said.
Pythons are normally not considered dangerous to humans, even though large specimens are powerful enough to kill an adult human being. They seldom attack unless provoked, they said.
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