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Python found in Vandalur zoo

Special Correspondent

— Photo: S.S.Kumar

The reticulated python found inside the pygmy hippopotamus enclosure in Vandalur zoo on Monday.

CHENNAI: A reticulated python was found in a ventilator inside the pygmy hippopotamus enclosure in Vandalur zoo on Monday.

The reptile measuring about 13 ft is in a healthy condition and very active, the zoo authorities said. According to them, it was noticed by an animal keeper around 9 a.m. who went to clean the pygmy hippo enclosure.

The sex of the rescued sub-adult python was yet to be established, the authorities said.

One of the zoo officials said the rescued python could have escaped from its enclosure, when it was young. “We were not able to clearly say when it escaped. We suspect that it could have sneaked out four to five years ago.”

When the workers were trying to take the reptile, it bit one of the animal keepers.

As it was a non-poisonous one, the animal keeper was provided treatment for the injury, said the officials.

“It was very ferocious” when it was rescued, the authorities said. The reptile was feeding on small mammals, roaming freely inside the zoo, which helped it survive without any problem.

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