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Fire department searches for missing python at Mall of Louisiana

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Posted at 11:18 AM, Jul 06, 2021
and last updated 2021-07-06 22:06:20-04

BATON ROUGE — A missing python has shut down a portion of the Mall of Louisiana on Tuesday.

According to The Advocate, The St. George Fire Department said a portion the mall was closed on Tuesday after the reptile escaped from its enclosure. Crews from the fire department were asked to find the missing python inside the shopping center at around 10:20 a.m.

They planned to continue looking throughout the night, working in shifts. As a nocturnal animal, the python is most active at night, so crews are hoping it will be easier to find her, The Advocate reports.

Officials said the animal is about 12 feet long, and they believed the animal made it into the ceiling.

A spokesperson for the Fire Department said the python likely escaped from within the Blue Zoo Aquarium of Baton Rouge, which opened to the public earlier this year in the mall.

Firefighters clarified the closure after they stated the mall was closed down for the search. The Blue Zoo was locked down as crews worked to find the reptile.

The snake is a Burmese python named Cara according to reports. The Blue Zoo tells The Advocate that Cara isn't venomous and is describe her as a "very sweet snake."

Video from the Blue Zoo Baton Rouge shows Cara.

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