31 Oct '17, 3am
Singapore python tries to eat 'petrified' pet cockatoo
Image copyright Melvin Yap Image caption The cockatoo named Nikki was clinging on to one side of the cage A pet cockatoo in Singapore has been rescued from the jaws of death, after its owners discovered a huge python coiled around their bird's cage. The 1.5m long (5ft) snake was found on Monday in Melvin Yap's home. Mr Yap extricated the python with a stick, and passed it to an animal rescue group. He told the BBC that their pet bird, named Nikki, survived unharmed, but was "petrified". Large snakes are not uncommon in Singapore, which has abundant wildlife. 'I woke up to screams' Mr Yap said he was still sleeping early on Monday morning when he was woken up by frantic screams in the house. "My domestic helper was in the process of cleaning the bird's cage. The snake was just right in front of her, and she didn't see it until my wife spotted it and screamed 'Snake!'," he s...