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Snake on a train, and other grim animal stories

8:47pm BST - 01:28

It's not 'Snakes on a Plane', the movie -- but a snake on a train in Australia that tops this week's somewhat grim animal news, including a polar bear kept in captivity in China, and tourists blamed for the drowning of an Alaskan goat. Gavino Garay reports.

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You're going to want to watch where you sit on the Central Coast train just north of Sydney. It's where police arrested a 20-year-old man for showing fellow passengers his pet python, after scared passengers called the authorities out of fear. (SOUNDBITE) (English) BRISBANE WATER POLICE COMMANDER SUPERINTENDENT, DANNY SULLIVAN SAYING: "I I could give you one bit of advice... don't get your snake out on a train." The animal was taken to a sanctuary after police discovered the man did not have a permit to carry protected fauna. And... this polar bear in China at an aquarium in Guangzhou spends his captive life posing for selfies with visitors. Hong Kong-based charity Animals Asia wants to see that end promptly, now that it's petition has gathered more than 330,000 signatures. 'Pizza' is regarded as the world's 'saddest' polar bear, and animal rights activists demand an improvement in the animal's poor living in conditions. And another less than happy animal story in the news this week... This time in Seward, Alaska, where police said tourists eager to take pictures of a mountain goat crowded the animal, forcing it to leap into the water and drown. The goat was apparently unable to climb its way back on the rocks, fearful of a group of onlookers who were standing and staring at it.

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Snake on a train, and other grim animal stories

8:47pm BST - 01:28