This spectacular python washed up dead on a bank of the Lomami River. The fisherman who found it could not explain why it died. He did know another case though where a python died after swallowing an antelope whose horns perforated its gut. Not the case here.
To get an estimate of the size of the python above, here is a typical fisherman’s dugout with its more typical cargo of fish, paddled up to our large dugout to sell.
Maurice made his way back to Kisangani by foot, Lualaba river-boat and motorcycle to give John the New Year’s report from Camp Bonobo and Katopa. The photo of the python was part of the report. A more serious aspect: Maurice found a resurgence of hunting including a return of elephant hunters to search out the few isolated herd-fragments near the Lomami.
When Maurice left Camp Bonobo to head north to meet John in Kisangani, he left a dedicated group headed by Christian . Now a second team is joining us here, at Kindu . They are coming up the Lualaba by dugout. From here they will head by bicycle to replace those who have already spent more than a month at Camp Bonobo.