Austrian Times RSS FeedsLike the Austrian Times Facebook page!Follow us on Twitter!


Events for October
M T W T F S S
29 30 1 2 3 4 5
6 7 8 9 10 11 12
13 14 15 16 17 18 19
20 21 22 23 24 25 26
27 28 29 30 31 1 2
Add your event FREE

Today

Videos


BurgKino

Pub Quiz everyTuesday at Johnny's Pub

Popular in Austria


Cosmo&Nanu

Lightning Strike Hits Giant Snake Starts Fire

Chinese villagers that got together to extinguish a small forest fire discovered it had been caused when a giant snake known to have lived in the nearby woodland that had been struck by lightning.

The four-metre long python had been terrifying locals for years after it was known to have taken young animals for lunch, and it was rumoured that even a full-grown man and certainly a child would get into difficulties if attacked by the giant snake.

But the problem is now past after the snake turned itself into a giant lightning conductor which set fire to the tree it had crawled to the top of at Bazhong, in Sichuan province, in southwest China.

The regional fire chief On Shih, 47, was quoted in local media as saying that the wet body of the python which had stretched the length of the tree had been the perfect conductor when the lightning bolt struck the beast – setting fire to the tree and killing the snake instantly - then cooking it.

The blaze burnt just over 3000 square metres of forest and took two hours and 30 villagers to extinguish.

Villager Wu T'an, 64, said: "People were sad to have seen so much woodland destroyed but when they realised that the huge snake was dead that everyone had been worried about for years there was a celebration.

"Instead of eating one of us, we were able to eat the snake. It was a real feast day."

Austrian Times


Are you on Facebook? Like the Austrian Times on Facebook and win great prizes!


Cosmo and Nanu
ORF Watch

Tag cloud:
stretched  Shih  celebration  villagers  lightning  tree  forest  python  beast  snake  conductor  media  burnt  extinguish  woodland  killing  length  setting  ndash  fire

Latest News

 

Halloween At The Zoo
Pumpkin pie might be the order of the day for people this Halloween but now zoo animals are also getting in on the act.

Baby Naked Mole Rats Born In Vienna
With their pink hairless bodies and fangs for front teeth, these baby naked mole rats were never going to win any cuteness contests at Schonbrunn Zoo in the Austrian capital Vienna.

Jihad Girls Gunpoint Retraction Of Desire To Go Home
Austrian anti-terrorism police believe that an interview given to a French magazine allegedly with one of the two teenage girls who fled to Syria to join in the jihad was probably carried out at gunpoint.

Get Shorty As Confused Bald Ibis Gets Lost Again
A rare bald Ibis that seems to have a different sense of direction to her fellow birds has once again had to be rescued after getting stuck trying to find a different route to the southern Italian feeding ground.

Alpine Trains Venture Into Space As The Final Frontier
Austria’s national railway line the OeBB has raised eyebrows after offering themed toilets including one that is supposed to "look and smell like outer space".

MEP caught In Brit papers Fraud Probe Jailed
A corrupt MEP caught by a British newspaper offering to propose amendments to EU laws in exchange for 100,000 euros a year has been given a three-year-jail term.

Vienna Jihad Girls Want To Come Home
The two Austrian teenage girls who became ‘poster girls’ for the jihad in Syria are now desperate to come home after getting completely disillusioned with their new lifestyles.

Mega-Station Opens
There was a festival atmosphere as Bundespresident Heinz Fischer opened Vienna's new Hauptbahnhof Friday morning.

Apple Truck Causes Traffic Jam
When 24 tonnes of apples are catapulted across a road it can only mean a jam.

Farmer Cleared Over Wolf Shooting
Furious animal rights campaigners have accused an Austrian farmer of lying after he shot dead a wolf that he claimed he thought was a fox.

 


Mala Vrata

The most popular stories –
last 7 days



Don't moan alone, the Ombudsman Investigates.

Why suffer in silence. Let off steam by letting our readers share your troubles. File your complaints about anything and everything here.

Our ombudsman David Rogers will try and help solve some of the problems from lazy civil servants through to incompetent companies – and at the very least the worst transgressors will end up in our weekly special report.


Austrian Zimmers