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Snake pricked to death by swallowing large porcupine

By Mason White 1:57 PM June 28, 2015
Snake with porcupine in its stomach 

By: Wayne Morin
A snake died after being pricked by a large porcupine that it ate for dinner, zoo employees in South Africa said.

The snake that was being kept at the Lake Eland Game Reserve, died after swallowing the giant porcupine.

The porcupine weighed 30 pounds, the manager of the zoo said.

The 13-foot-long snake should have been able to swallow and digest the porcupine, but it got scared by people who were watching the spectacle and decided to spit the animal out.

The python became distressed as people were watching its bulging body and it decided to spit out the porcupine. The snake died as hundreds of the porcupine’s needles pricked it from the inside.

The snake died on Saturday, six days after it swallowed the porcupine.