It was the reunion that many hoped for.
Zookeeper Walter Bunyan and Albino Burmese Python on Friday reunited after a bite that shocked many on Thursday.
A video posted on social media Thursday afternoon showed Bunyan opening Mustard's enclosure and tossing a rabbit for him to eat.
Mustard then turned and lunged at Bunyan biting the zookeeper in his stomach area.
The Emperor Valley Zoo confirmed the incident saying that Bunyan received immediate assistance from his "buddy" zookeeper.
The future of Mustard, the albino python who bit zookeeper Walter Bonyun on Thursday afternoon, is to be discussed at a meeting this morning where a decision will be made on whether she will continue to be one of the zoo's ambassadors. This was confirmed to the Guardian Media a short while ago by the zoo's curator Nirmal Biptah.
For several years Mustard has been part of the petting zoo and exhibition cross country where children and adults are allowed to touch her, hold her and take photographs with her.
Zookeeper Walter Bonyun was bitten by the Emperor Valley Zoo's Albino Phyton during feeding time on Thursday afternoon.
The incident took place shortly after midday and the exhibit - a yellow phyton was at the time being viewed through its glass showcase by several children and accompanying adults.
Bonyun in a recent interview with the T&T Guardian said he had been bitten numerous times by different species of snakes over the 27 years he has been working at the zoo.
Valentine’s Day turned out to be a scary experience for an elderly couple when they woke up to find a four-feet macajuel in their bedroom ceiling yesterday.
Robin Nagessar, 73, and his wife Sumintra, 61, remained outside their home for about four hours until the snake was captured by senior Game Warden Steve Seepersad.
Recalling the scary encounter, Nagessar said he got up around 3 am because his wife had to go out.
“I put on my television and make up my bed because my wife had to go out early this morning,” he said.
Snakes and caimans displaced by the expansive flooding of the Central Plains are finding their way into the properties of residents and some have already been killed.
On Saturday, a five-foot rainbow boa slithered inside the living-room of a house at Munroe Road, Chaguanas, after the Caroni River burst its banks and flooding hundreds of houses on the Central Plains.
Resident Dave Roopnarine said the snake posed a threat so it was killed and dumped.
Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officers at Miami International Airport stopped a passenger on his way to Barbados attempting to sneak a snake on a plane on Sunday.
TSA agents say the passenger tried to “artfully conceal the snake inside the electronics of a hard drive, which was placed in a checked bag”.
The ‘organic mass’ was detected by baggage screening and then a TSA bomb expert was called to investigate the inside of the electronic component where the baby Python was found.
Agriculture Minister Clarence Rambharat said yesterday a decision has been made not to interfere with the 12-foot anaconda that was sighted at the Aripo Livestock Station in Aripo. Rambharat said that no livestock at the Aripo farms was under threat and added that “it is normal to have snakes in ponds at the Ministry’s facilities.”
He however, admitted though that in this case the size of the anaconda was “larger than what they usually see.”
A worker at the Aripo Lifestock Station took a short walk to a pond to relieve himself around 10 am Monday when he came across a startling discovery.
A 12-foot anaconda was just about to have itself a meal, on 7-foot caiman and was applying the final act of constriction before it prepared to swallow the animal whole.
The worker called other workers who began recording video via their cell phones.
One of them used a piece of wood to prod at the animals and the anaconda then made an escape leaving the dead caiman.