Python Found in Box
A very brave member of the public has found an abandoned 7ft long python and handed it to the RSPCA.
A disturbing feature of the incident, which occurred in Nottingham, was that the box had no air holes in it so the snake would have found breathing difficult.
The RSPCA currently have dozens of snakes and are keen to find new homes for them. A representative from the animal charity commented: “Sadly this isn’t unusual. We are finding that many people are unaware of how much of a commitment these animals are when they take them on.”
A python is one of the biggest species of snake in the world; presumably whoever left the snake abandoned in the street mustn’t have liked or cared about the unfortunate reptile.
An RSPCA inspector, very familiar with such incidences, said, “Without proper care, they can suffer from serious diseases, dehydration, injuries, parasites, and in severe cases or if left untreated, they can eventually die.”
The snake has now gone to a specialist vets to be cared for, after which it will be moved to a rescue centre.
One YJA member, representing the views of many, said, “Although I’m not keen on snakes, these poor reptiles shouldn’t be hated or treated cruelly.”
One animal expert gave some very sound advice: “Having a pet – any kind of living creature – is a big responsibility. But owning a potentially dangerous animal, whether that’s a dog, snake, or a tarantula is a responsibility that requires an immense amount of planning, education, and controls. If you’re not prepared for this, please consider a goldfish.”
Click here for some great advice on having a pet.
Katie and Erin, Year 6