A hunt has been launched for a sadistic pet owner who filmed himself feeding a kitten to a python.
The vile video, entitled Python Christmas, shows a man in his 20s carrying the kitten called Jasmine into a bedroom in a Santa hat and then placed on a bed.
Lurking half-hidden under a pillow lay a yellow Burmese python, which can grow up to 19ft long and is one of the largest snakes in the world.
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Killer: A yellow Burmese python which can grow as long as 19ft and squeezes its prey to death
Evil: The callous thug carries the kitten in a Santa hat to the bed where he appears to play with it
The bait: The kitten is distracted and moments later the python pounces and wraps its coils around its prey
Jasmine is seen slowly walking across the bed until the thug distracts her and she fatally turns her back on the danger.
The snake pounces, wrapping the kitten in its coils as it squeezes the life out of the playful animal.
Once the kitten's tail stops flapping the snake swallows her whole — head first. Its cries of agony are drowned out by the Christmas song Little Drummer Boy playing in the background.
A footnote to the seven-minute footage chillingly threatens more 'feeding videos'. It was posted on a site called Flix from an account registered in Islington, north London.
Horror: Last moments for the kitten as the snake squeezes the animal then swallows it head first
The video shows the kitten disappearing in the python's mouth
The sicko faces six months' jail and a £20,000 fine for causing unnecessary suffering under the Animal Welfare Act 2006.
Among the few clues to his identity are that he is a fan of the Disney film Aladdin. Images and songs from the movie have been posted on his YouTube site.
An RSPCA spokeswoman said: 'There is no excuse for feeding a live cat to a python.'
Vet Pete Wedderburn told the Sun: 'The kitten is probably no older than four months. It has no hiding place and can't get away. These are the actions of a sadistic human being.'