July 26, 2009

Angry python removed from Florida pipe

A wildlife expert says a 14-foot python he removed from a drainage pipe in Manatee County, Fla., is so angry it may have to be put down.

Matthews Wildlife Rescue executive director Justin Matthews said while attempting to remove the large Burmese python from the 2-foot-wide pipe Saturday, he was forced to stun the animal because it was so angry, the Bradenton (Fla.) Herald reported.

Matthews said the potential danger of the angry python may make the snake unusable in educational efforts through his rescue program. Instead, Matthews is considering euthanizing the animal.

The local wildlife expert told the Herald he had been tracking the python prior to Saturday's capture. He said he finally decided to take action against the wild animal after Florida legalized the hunting of invasive snakes two weeks ago.

Many of the exotic snakes on the loose in Florida were originally pets that were freed by their owners, the Herald said.