18 Aug '11, 9am

Help! My Neighbour Keeps Pythons: Au Waipang, Yawning Bread

Help! My Neighbour Keeps Pythons: Au Waipang, Yawning Bread

“One day, we received a tip-off that a homeowner was keeping exotic animals,” began Louis Ng, Executive Director of Acres, a wildlife protection organisation. “Together with the Agricultural and Veterinary Authority (AVA), we went to a flat in Serangoon and found in the guy’s bedroom green tree pythons, a carpet python, a rainbow boa, bearded dragons, tarantulas . . . altogether eleven animals and seven species. “ The largest was the rainbow boa (above) which was as thick as a man’s forearm and about 1.2 metres long. The guy keeping those animals, a Singaporean living with his parents, was fined — and I’ll come to the question of penalties shortly. Why do people want to keep exotic, often dangerous animals? For sure, it’s got nothing to do with emotional connect; only domestic animals are capable of relating to people. I suspect it’s got something to do with bragging right...

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