A 5.7m (19ft) python has been seized after it fell from the ceiling of a charity shop in Australia. The python, weighing 17kg (37lbs), was recovered by a snake-handler after police investigated a suspected break-in at the shop in Ingham, Queensland. "Its head was the size of a small dog," said police spokesman Sgt Don Auld.
The snake fell through a ceiling panel, smashing shop goods. Police said it may have got in through the roof, which was damaged by Cyclone Yasi in 2011. When police were initially called to the property, they believed a person had fallen through the ceiling because the roof panel had been cut in half.