Python hoax

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MI­AMI: A man who caught a 4.2m python in a Florida drain pipe was charged with perpetrating a hoax af­ter wildlife of­fi­cers dis­cov­ered he owned the snake and put it in the pipe to stage the cap­ture.

Justin Matthews, a pro­fes­sional an­i­mal trap­per, ad­mit­ted he had “staged the event to call at­ten­tion to a grow­ing prob­lem of ir­re­spon­si­ble pet own­er­ship”, it was re­ported this week.

He was charged with mis­us­ing the 911 emer­gency sys­tem and main­tain­ing cap­tive wildlife in an un­safe man­ner.

Matthews sum­moned the me­dia to wit­ness the snake’s cap­ture from the drain in July.

Footage of the cap­ture was widely tele­vised in Florida. – Reuters

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