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Indian Rock Python Caught Swallowing Antelope Whole (PICTURES)

24/07/2014 16:02 BST | Updated 24/07/2014 16:59 BST

Now that’s embarrassing…

This python was interrupted mid-meal as it attempted to swallow a whole baby antelope.

The impressive digestive feat was captured on camera by Indian animal rescuer Nitish Bambhaniya.

The photographer and a member of his team dashed 25 miles to the scene on a motorcycle after getting a tip-off from a local in the area - arriving to find the giant snake devouring a nilgai antelope, also known as a blue bull.

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How rude: A mid-snack interruption

Nitish, who runs the Red Headed Vulture Nature Club, said: "I got a call in the morning for an Indian rock python.

"When we reached the spot. We saw this massive python. The python had hunted a baby blue bull and had already eaten 80% of the bull's body.

"It on the edge of an open field, so lots of locals start gathering there."

Many locals wanted to kill the python, fearing that if let go, it would be a risk to children in the neighbouring villages.

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With the crowd gathering around the python, it stopped swallowing the antelope and let go of his prey.

"Pythons do it so that they can shed body weight and escape faster," Nitish added.

"Meanwhile, we convinced the villagers not to kill the python and they agreed. Later we caught the python and handed it over to the forest department officials."

The python was released by the officials in a nearby forest, before slithering away to freedom.

Python swallows antelope