Locals who killed a huge snake after suspecting it of having eaten a calf because of its swollen stomach discovered it was pregnant with dozens of eggs.
The incident happened in Nigeria where local media said that the snake had been killed over accusations that it had been feasting on farmers’ livestock.
However as these images show, the snake was not overweight because of its last meal, it was actually pregnant.
After being cut open, dozens of eggs were found and removed by locals who regard them as a rare delicacy.
Online commentators seem to have little sympathy with the snake, with most pointing out that it was a good thing that around a hundred baby snakes would no longer be born.
Although it was not clear what sort of snake it was, many snakes can produce up to 100 eggs at a time.