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Python Kills Man in Malaysia

September 6, 1995

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) _ A 23-foot python squeezed a rubber plantation worker to death and tried to swallow him, officials said today.

The reptile was the longest python ever sighted in Malaysia, said zoologist Khiew Bong Heng of the University of Malaya. He said it was the first time a python had attacked a human in the country, although the reptiles are known to swallow goats, cows and other animals.

E. Heng Chuan, a 29-year-old rubber tapper, had gone into the woods behind his home to switch off a water pump at about 9 p.m. when he was attacked by the python, district police chief Mohamed Mokhtar Ahmad said.

The python was shot and killed by police whom the victim’s brother summoned to the plantation Monday in Tenang, a town 120 miles south of the capital, Kuala Lumpur. It had already swallowed the victim’s head and crushed some of his bones when discovered.

Ahmad said the python weighed 308 pounds and was 10 inches in diameter.