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Search continues for missing python at zoo in Baton Rouge mall

Crews asking for dog, equipment to assist in search
Cara the Burmese Python
Posted at 10:25 AM, Jul 07, 2021
and last updated 2021-07-07 22:04:50-04

BATON ROUGE — On Wednesday, the search continued for the Burmese python that escaped from its enclosure at the Blue Zoo in Baton Rouge's Mall of Louisiana.

According to the Advocate, The Blue Zoo was still searching late Wednesday for Cara, a 12-foot albino Burmese python. Blue Zoo first reported that the snake went missing on Monday evening, but officials with the St. George Fire Department later said she slipped away early Monday morning.

They report that Blue Zoo employees, Baton Rouge zoo staff and local snake experts spent Tuesday night searching for the reptile in shifts -- some even donning night vision goggles. The python was still not found.

Wednesday night, zoo staff said they are searching for a dog that specializes in scented searches to help look for Cara. They also are looking for equipment that scans through multiple surfaces including drywall, plywood, concrete, etc. Anyone who would be interested in assisting can email info@bluezoo.us.

Officials said they believed the animal made it into the ceiling, with trails and scales reportedly "the only clues to where she had been." Aquarium managers speculated that Cara may be somewhere between the first and second floors. The Blue Zoo was on lock-down during the search.

The Blue Zoo tells The Advocate that Cara isn't venomous and is a "very sweet snake."

As crews continued to search for Cara, the 12-foot python gained quite the social media following. A Twitter account acting as Cara, @pythoncara, began posting updates after the snake disappeared. Its tagline is "Just let me shop and no one gets hurt."

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