Two residents in Ho Chi Minh City have handed over their rare pythons to forest protection officers to ensure their safety.
The Ho Chi Minh City Forest Protection Department said on Tuesday it had received two female pythons from Nguyen Van Thang and Nguyen Thanh Phi, both residing in Thu Duc City.
The wild animals are classified as Burmese pythons, or Python bivittatus, belonging to group IIB in the list of rare and endangered forest animals.
The python raised by Thang measures 4.5 meters long and weighs 42 kilograms.
Thang said his son received the python from a friend about three years ago, when it was as small as a finger.
He was worried the reptile might break out of its cage and cause harm.
|Nguyen Thanh Phi hands over his python to forest protection officers in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Ngoc Khai / Tuoi Tre
Meanwhile, the python raised by Phi is three meters long and weighs 21 kilograms.
Phi said his nephew had given him the python and he had raised it for more than five years.
He was also concerned that the python might break out of its cage and harm other people.
A forest protection officer said the two pythons would be taken the Wildlife Rescue Station in Cu Chi District before being released back into the wild.