February 29, 2016
This doesn’t happen everyday.
A giant 14-foot long python unexpectedly dropped from the canteen’s ceiling of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Region 13 office in Butuan City, Agusan del Norte two weeks ago.
In a statement, canteen cook Almiro Polison said he had just opened the canteen early morning of February 11, when he heard something heavy fall to the ground.
“But I did not mind it, until I went to the fridge and saw a huge snake roaming on the ground,” he said.
“I was terrified and immediately reported it to the enforcement division,” he added.
Marlon Tesiorna, a staff member of the DENR-13 (Caraga) Enforcement Division, immediately responded to the report of Polison.
With the help of other DENR personnel, Tesiorna was able to capture the snake, which weighed 20 kilograms and had yellow and brown scales.
DENR-13 regional director Nonito Tamayo said he was surprised “by the news that a reticulated python was found right at the compound of our office.”
“But nevertheless, I would like to commend our personnel for the immediate response and proper control of the situation,” he added.
According to the DENR, snakes like python usually go out during summer season to find a colder place to live.
DENR-13 Enforcement Division officer-in-charge Ruel Ladaga said the python was immediately released back to its natural habitat after it was captured.
Specifically, he said it was released at a forested area in Barangay Tagabaca in Butuan City.
“As much as possible, we would like to maintain its capacity to adapt to its environment,” he concluded.