Missing 12-foot python found in mall crawl space

Authorities say they found a 12-foot python that escaped its enclosure inside Louisiana’s largest mall

BATON ROUGE, La. — A 12-foot (3.6-meter) python that escaped from its enclosure inside Louisiana’s largest mall has been found, authorities said Thursday.

The snake was recaptured in a ceiling crawl space early Thursday morning after two days of searching, WBRZ-TV reported.

Video released by the station shows workers using a ladder as Cara – wrapped around the shoulder and back of one of them – is carried down. The yellow and white Burmese python was taken to the Louisiana School of Veterinary Medicine for a checkup.

Cara snuck out of her enclosure at the Blue Zoo at the Mall of Louisiana in Baton Rouge on Tuesday.

“Although we have created a very secure home for Cara, our Burmese python, she has slipped out of her exhibit,” the Blue Zoo said in a statement after her escape. “Cara is a friendly, non-venomous snake who enjoys interacting with guests at our snake education shows.”

Pythons slowly squeeze their prey to death before swallowing it. Cara has been described as “very sweet” by her handlers.

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Peggy P. Gilmore