Python Swallows Massive Animal Whole, Gets Saved By Villagers

This snake's unfortunate experience could be a friendly reminder to never let your eyes be bigger than your stomach.

In the Sihari village in Rampur, India, a massive python ate an animal that appeared to be goat-sized. The snake seemed to struggle to digest its food, though, and looked to be rendered immobile due to its intake, as per AOL UK. The snake's state could be likened to a food coma, since it was unable to move after eating an enormous amount of food.

What exactly the snake ate remains unclear, but the size of its bulge was comparable to a goat.

The September 27 video shows the ballooned snake struggling while it's rolling around in the dirt, mouth agape. Villagers surround the creature before the video cuts to the snake being lifted by two ropes and a massive branch into the back of a pickup truck.

The ropes are then used to secure the snake into the truck before the video ends.

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A 12-foot (3.65m) Burmese python that was captured in the backyard of a home slithers on the ground at its new home at the A.D. Barnes Park 10 October 2005, in south Miami, FL. ROBERT SULLIVAN/AFP via Getty Images

At first, the massive python was released into a nearby river by the villagers. Alarmed villagers, however, notified the authorities of the snake incident. The reptile was then retrieved and brought back by foresters, who relocated the snake into a jungle, according to WPTV.

"Our team reached the spot immediately after getting information that a python was found in Sihari village of the Rampur district," Rajiv Kumar, Divisional Forest Officer, said via News 18. "The team rescued it and released it in the nearby forest."

Although pythons are not dangerous to humans, they do have the strength to conquer and eat large animals like calves or fawns. According to the San Diego Zoo, pythons can grow up to 33 feet in length, and can weigh up to 250 pounds.

They are also most vulnerable after a large meal, when they are less likely to move quickly. After they eat their food, they typically look for a warm place to digest their meal.

Python prey includes rodents, birds, lizards and mammals like monkeys, wallabies, pigs, or antelope, per the San Diego Zoo. When hunting, pythons don't chase after their prey.

Instead, they are ambush hunters and use their sight and smell to find food. After capturing their prey, pythons squeeze them, tightening their grip each time that they can feel their prey exhale. Once the pythons can no longer hear a heartbeat from their dinner-to-be, they relax their grip and eat.