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Old 01-05-2009, 09:56 AM   #1
Illegal snake owner calls police to help him find missing snake....

They say the python will go to a zoo- what zoo wants or needs a normal retic?

Fer goodness snakes, get it outta here


Saturday, January 3rd 2009, 1:21 AM
Tracy for News Sean Casey at Sean Casey Animal Rescue with Articulated Python.

The young python that slithered amok in a Queens apartment could one day reach 18 feet long, but it will likely do the rest of its growing in a zoo.
The 7-foot serpent was headed Friday for a rural Pennsylvania facility that specializes in exotic animals. From there, it will probably be placed in a zoo - which it might find more to its liking than the Jamaica flat where an Army soldier and his pal were keeping it.
"The snake came in very stressed and uncomfortable which caused him to be fairly aggressive," said Sean Casey, a Brooklyn animal expert who was tending to the snake yesterday. "He attempted to bite, but calmed down after proper handling."
Cops arrested David Fennell, 28, Thursday and charged him with unlawful possession of a wild animal. Fennell called cops after the silver, black and yellow reticulated python escaped from its tank.
Yesterday, Fennell said he was only covering for a pal named Raymel who is home on leave from Iraq.
"I took the charge because it was the noble thing to do," said Fennell, who is terrified of snakes. "He's in the military."
It is illegal to own a python in the city, said Mike Pastore, of Animal Care and Control.
Although the snake isn't poisonous, it's still dangerous. It could grow to 18 feet, he said.
"Pythons are a dime a dozen," Pastore said. "If someone wants one, they can get one."
Fennell and Raymel, 27, who did not give his last name, called cops after they returned to their 149th St. apartment and discovered the snake was missing from its tank.
"I was scared to death," said Raymel. "He was big."
Cops nabbed it in a bedroom and turned it over to Casey.
The next stop on the python's itinerary is the Ani-Care Animal Hospital in Dallastown, Pa. Then it will most likely go to a zoo, said Casey.
"I was relieved when the snake was captured and removed," Fennell said. "I knew that I could sleep at night."
With Alison Gendar

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