By Umudide Ogheneyole Alvin
There was jubilation on Tuesday at the Morogun/Ifugbe area of Warri in Delta state when a 17-year-old girl killed a giant python around the bank of Morogun section of the Warri River.
It was learnt that the girl simply identified as Happy caught the python with a fishing net.
Community sources told our correspondent that the python was in the process of swallowing a fish when it got itself entangled with the net.
The teenager through the efforts of community youths was able to kill the python while struggling to escape.
The killing of the snake led to wild jubilation by residents of the area as people trooped to the community secretariat to catch a glimpse of the python measuring about 10 feet.
Narrating how she caught the python, Happy said she had gone to check her trap on Tuesday morning when she discovered that the net was no longer where she set it thereby raising suspicion that something had gone wrong.
She told NIGER DELTA TODAY Online that she later discovered the net with python struggling to free itself.
“The incident happened this morning when I went to check my fishing net. When I got there the net was not in position I set it. It was at that point I knew something had gone wrong.
I tried to raise the net up but the Python has already tangled itself in the process of trying to set itself free from the net. It was at that point I raised alarm and people around came to help me kill the giant Python”, Happy narrated.
She said it was her first time to have killed a snake in fishing expedition.
Reacting to the incident, the chairman of the community, Mr Godday Morogun told NIGER DELTA TODAY Online that it was not the first time python was being killed in the community river.
He said several pythons have been killed by residents in the last few months.
He commended the bravery of the teenage girl.
He added, “Our forefathers left them (pythons) for us as food. Whenever python is killed you see people trooping out to have a taste it. We are already preparing it for food. Several pythons have been killed in the last few months.”