The authorities in Tanzania have rescued a giant python from a forest after it was mobbed by pilgrims who believed it had supernatural powers.
People began flocking to Kasala forest in the north-west of the country when the snake, which is estimated to be at least 3m (10ft) long, was spotted two weeks ago.
They came to give it offerings of live animals in the belief that if it ate them it would deliver their wishes.
It’s important to note that pythons wrap themselves around their prey and suffocate it to death before swallowing it whole.
Some of the pilgrims gave the python goats while asking for its help with curing diseases and cleansing away evil spirits
Locals told the BBC that this was common practice in superstitious mining areas such as north-western Geita province.
They deny it is a form of witchcraft, saying it is their way of worshipping.
Source: Citi News
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