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Zookeeper, snake reunite

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.

Decision to be made today about Mustard

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.

Snake attacks zookeeper

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.

Snake surprises elderly couple for Valentine’s Day

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.

Family kills 5-foot boa seeking flood refuge

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.

Passenger tries to smuggle python on flight from Miami to Barbados

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.

Aripo anaconda to be left alone

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.”

Massive anaconda kills caiman in Aripo

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.

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One of them used a piece of wood to prod at the animals and the anaconda then made an escape leaving the dead caiman.