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Resident hands over 38kg python to forest rangers in Ho Chi Minh City

Resident hands over 38kg python to forest rangers in Ho Chi Minh City

Saturday, March 04, 2023, 14:12 GMT+7
Resident hands over 38kg python to forest rangers in Ho Chi Minh City
Forest protection officers carry the anesthetized python out of Trinh Kien Dung's house in Binh Tan District, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Ngoc Khai / Tuoi Tre

A resident in Ho Chi Minh City handed over a 38-kilogram python to forest protection officers on Saturday morning.

The municipal Forest Protection Department confirmed on Saturday that it had received a female python from Trinh Kien Dung, a resident of Binh Tan District.

Dung stated that he bought the 10-kilogram python in 2018 to raise it at home.

Nevertheless, Dung was unfamiliar with breeding techniques, therefore the female python was incapable of giving birth.

After five years, the python now weighs 38 kilograms and measures 4.2 meters long.

The owner said he is concerned that the python may break out of its cage and cause harm to other people.

“I know nothing about breeding a python. 

“Now that it is too large, I fear that it may escape the cage and cause harm to those nearby. 

“It was given to the rangers so that they can release it into the wild,” Dung stated.

After anesthetizing the python, forest protection officers transported the animal to a wildlife rescue station for further care.

The animal is classified as a Burmese python (Python bivittatus), belonging to group IIB in the list of rare and endangered forest animals.

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