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Inviato da Wes von Papinešu on Gennaio 19, 2000 at 20:30:45:
THE STAR (Petaling Jaya, Malaysia) 18 January 00 30 pythons on the loose in Sibu streets (Jack Wong)
Kuching: Imagine some 30 pythons lurking in your neighbourhood. This scary situation is what residents living in Sibu's Jalan Tun Haji Openg and its vicinity face.
The pythons, the longest measuring 4.5m, have escaped from "snake king" Lim Tien Soon's mini zoo.
Lim, who has caught thousands of snakes in his 21-year career, was shocked to find the pythons missing from a large cage on Sunday morning.
The creatures are believed to have slipped out of the rusty iron cage after making a hole in it.
But the biggest python stayed behind as it was too sleepy after being fed the previous night.
However, several king cobras kept in another cage were safe.
Lim said he had no hope of finding the pythons, adding that residents need not panic as the snakes were not poisonous.
He urged them to call him if they found any.
"There are still more than 10 pythons in the zoo which is visited by an average of 1,000 people every week," he said in an interview here yesterday.
He said he started catching snakes at the age of nine and had responded to calls from Sibu residents to catch snakes in all these years.
"I catch at least 200 snakes a year and some of them are poisonous."
The snakes he kept were mostly those he had helped catch, he said.
It costs him between RM800 and RM900 a week to feed the snakes.
Lim, who had learnt his snake-catching skills from his late father, said he had stopped giving public demonstration on snake catching as it was a "dirty job".