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'Adrenaline for sure': Officers capture Burmese python at Pittsboro storage facility

Posted July 24

— A massive Burmese python has been captured after getting loose in a Pittsboro storage facility on Saturday.

Chatham County Animal Services Officers Kelsey Pepper and Kelly Rouse knew they had their hands full after getting the call and seeing a picture of the massive snake.

“I peeked under the door and all I can see was yellow. We could see the snake’s head from a little bit of a crack,” Pepper said.

The Burmese python turned out to be more than 11-feet long and had wrapped itself around an air conditioning unit. After assessing the state of the snake, the officers came up with a rescue plan.

'Adrenaline for sure': Officers capture Burmese python at Pittsboro storage facility

“She was going to take the head of it and then I was going to take the rest of the weight,” Rouse said. “She held it so that I can get around to the backside of it, and start moving it around.”

The officers said they were relieved to find there was very little resistance from the snake.

“It’s really less is more with an animal like that. You don’t want to hold something like that too tight, so it was just lifting her and she would lay right across our arms,” Pepper said.

'Adrenaline for sure': Officers capture Burmese python at Pittsboro storage facility

Pepper and Rouse safely secured the snake in a plastic bin. It was sent to CCSB Reptile Rescue and Rehab in Kernersville for examination and safekeeping.

“With this experience, it was cool. It was very interesting. Adrenaline for sure,” Rouse said.

Authorities said the snake could eventually be put up for adoption for a person with the proper facilities.

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