Forest officials rescue python near Indian village, return it to wild

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VADODARA, India (WTHR) — Forest officials in western India rescued a 6-foot long python near farmland, then turned it loose into the wild.

Villagers spotted the snake and reported it to authorities.

It turned out to be an Indian rock python, frequently found in jungles and fields across the reason. The snakes are often seen around farmland since it's harvest season.

Authorities said the snake was healthy, so they released it back into the wild.

Many Indians worship snakes as part of Hindu practices. Their shedding of old skin signifies the rebirth in Hindu mythology.