Mystery Of 16ft Python Found Dead In Canal
Police are investigating how the snake, which had signs of respiratory disease, came to be found floating in the water.
A 16ft python has been found dead in a canal, sparking a police appeal for information.
A reptile expert went to the scene and recovered the snake, which measured over 16ft 5in.
The python is believed to have been 12 to 15 years old and could have been living in the wild for a number of days before it died.
Police are investigating how the python came to be in the canal and are appealing for anyone with information to come forward.
Ribble Valley Wildlife Crime Officer PC Carl Chew said: "Experts believe that a python of this size could have been capable of attacking a person so it is fortunate that no one came to any serious harm.
"There are specific offences under the Wildlife and Countryside Act and Animal Welfare Act in relation to releasing a python and we would urge anyone with any information as to where the python came from to contact us.
"Similarly, we would urge anyone thinking about getting rid of their pets, particularly those which may pose a risk to the public, to contact an animal charity for advice so that they can be rehomed safely and responsibly."
Anyone with information can contact Lancashire Police on 101, quoting log number LC-20150301-0942.
Alternatively, they can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at
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