Tuesday, 21. April 2015
18. 08. 14. - 16:00
When pranksters decide to take the hiss in Taiwan, they do not mess about.
So when farmer Chen Lai upset his neighbours in Changhua County, on the Chinese island, he should have expected some-fang special in retaliation.
But when he came face-to-face with a 12ft Burmese python nailed to his front door he realised someone was putting the squeeze on him.
"I thought for a second it was still alive and it's a pretty terrifying snake to see close up," said farmer Chen.
"But after a few seconds I could see it was dead and I was very relieved.
"After I got over the shock I told the police because maybe next time it will be a live snake in the house itself," he added.
Police believe the prank was part of a row Chen was having with neighbours over the farm's borders.
"He's clearly irritated someone who thought it would be very funny to get their own back and terrify him," said local police chief Meng Hsiao.
"It's a quite drastic action and I need to speak to whoever is behind this so we can see what made them do it and where the snake came from, as it may have been illegally killed," he added.
Village head Chang Huang-Chuan said: "Chen is a kind and simple man with a healthy lifestyle, and until now he didn't have any enemies."
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