PHUKET: A chicken-owner tried to save his fowl from a python yesterday morning, but his efforts came too late; the chicken had already expired.

An official of Radio Thailand Phuket called Kusoldharm Foundation rescue workers for help catching the snake at 7:30am.

The official, who asked not to be named, told rescue workers that he was alerted to the snake’s presence when he heard his chicken making strange noises.