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Police looking for a missing man were shocked to find him dead in his home — surrounded by over forty giant snakes.
Many of the reptiles, including a 30ft anaconda and four 35ft pythons, were slithering free around the decomposing
body when police entered snake fan Heiko Rieder’s apartment in Straubing, Germany.
A fire service spokesman said: “At least one was as thick as a human thigh.”
Worried colleagues alerted police after the 40-year-old caretaker failed to turn up to work for a week.
It is thought he died from a heart attack while feeding his pets.
Experts believe he was only saved from being eaten as he was too WIDE to be swallowed whole.
Reptile centre boss Markus Baur, now caring for the snakes, said: “They probably didn’t eat him for two reasons. One, they prefer their prey alive to start with.
“And two, they like to eat their prey whole and the average European adult is just too long and wide for that.”
In total, 46 snakes, some in tanks, were recovered from the property.
A police spokesman said: “His body decomposed rapidly because of the heat coming from the snakes’ terrariums. There don’t appear to be any suspicious circumstances.”
The House of Representatives on Thursday passed a bill forbidding same-sex marriage in Nigeria and imposed a 10 to 14 year jail term for anybody who violates the law.
The lawmakers in a unanimous voice vote, approved the “bill for an Act to prohibit marriage or civil union entered between persons of same sex, solemnization of same and for other matters related there with.”
The bill specifically prohibits the solemnization of marriage or civil union between persons of same gender in any place of worship either church or mosque or in any place in Nigeria.
The Senate which initiated the bill gave its approval late in 2011.
The bill provides that “persons that entered into a same gender marriage or civil union contract commit an offense and are jointly liable on conviction to a term of 14 years imprisonment each.”
The bill also stipulates that “any person, who registers, operates or participates in gay clubs, societies and organisations or directly or indirectly make a public show of same sex amorous relationship commits an offence and shall be liable to a term of 10 years imprisonment.”
It also prescribes a 10 year jail term for “any persons or group of persons that administer witness, abet, screen, shield and aid the solemnization of a same sex marriage contract or civil union or supports the registration of gay clubs, societies and organizations, processions or meetings in Nigeria.
The bill voids marriage or civil union consummated between persons of same gender by virtue of a certificate issued in a foreign country.
The bill needs the assent of President Goodluck Jonathan for it to become law.
Hollande signed the bill on Saturday, a day after the Constitutional Council approved the bill through a ruling, rejecting a challenge by the right-wing opposition.
“I will ensure that the law applies across the whole territory, in full, and I will not accept any disruption of these marriages,” said Hollande.
Last month, the French parliament approved the bill after several days of stormy debates.
The bill was immediately challenged on constitutional grounds by main right-wing opposition UMP party of former President Nicolas Sarkozy.
France has experienced huge protests against the same-sex marriage bill.
Late on Friday, between 200 and 300 protesters gathered in central Paris to condemn the ruling in favor of the bill by the Constitutional Council and calling on Hollande to resign.
The opponents of the law have planned another major protest rally in Paris on May 26.
French churches have also condemned the bill, calling gay marriages “a sham” that would “shake one of the foundations of our society.”
Hollande had promised to throw his weight behind the bill as the proposed legislation was one of his presidential campaign promises.
European countries such as the Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, Norway, Sweden, Portugal, Iceland, and Denmark have also legalized same-sex marriages.
Twenty-three youths have died in the past nine days at initiation ceremonies that include circumcisions and survival tests, South African police said Friday.
Police have opened 22 murder cases in the deaths in the northeastern province of Mpumalanga, according to spokesman Lt. Col. Leonard Hlathi. He said an inquest is being held into the 23rd death, of a youth who complained of stomach pains and vomited.
Initiation ceremonies are common in South Africa, where youths partake in various activities as a rite of passage into adulthood, usually over the course of three weeks. Some 30,000 youths signed up for initiation this year.
In addition to being circumcised, the boys and young men are put through a series of survival tests which sometimes include exposure to South Africa’s chilly winter conditions with skimpy clothing. Their faces are painted with red clay and they also are given herbal concoctions to drink.
Nelson Mandela, the first democratically elected president of South Africa, described the experience in his autobiography as “a kind of spiritual preparation for the trials of manhood.”
Hlathi said that all the deaths occurred at government-registered initiation sites where medical practitioners usually are present. The government became involved to prevent such unnecessary deaths.
Mathibela Mokoena, chairman of the House of Traditional Leaders in Mpumalanga, says the Department of Health was alerted before the initiation ceremonies began, but only showed up after the first few deaths were reported. He said the department has now agreed to have officials present for the remainder of the ceremony.
Popo Maja, head of communications at the Health Dpartment, said: “We would want to find out why they were done without the supervision of medical personnel.
The deaths are the highest recorded in Mpumalanga, surpassing the previous highest toll of eight some years ago, Mokoena said. He said early investigation by the House of Traditional Leaders showed some schools were negligent, leaving the youths in the care of young men instead of experienced adults.
Mokoena said some of the initiates were not in ideal health when they enrolled. He said new legislation is being introduced outlining procedures to be followed, and including a punishment of a life ban for those found negligent.
The suspected causes of the deaths were not released pending the results of post-mortems. Most deaths in the past have been caused by infection and loss of blood after circumcision.
Government spokeswoman Phumla Williams said the government is sending condolences to the families and urged creation of “better and safe initiation schools that will ensure the safe passage of young initiates to manhood and prevent the unfortunate loss of lives.”