SINGAPORE (Reuters) – The Singaporean Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority (AVA) said on Tuesday night (Jan. 29) it was investigating alleged misuse of a snake at Tang Plaza.
Photos and videos of python lurking outside the building along busy Orchard Road circled the social networks earlier that day.
In filming uploaded by Facebook user Tess Fernando, the python, which appeared to be about 3m long, was partially rolled up behind a trash can.
Another video posted by user Rabbikhan Khan showed four men trying to capture python.
In the two-minute video, the snake was seen biting the hand of one of the men, who looked gloomy. The man, who wore a shirt with the word "Anticimex", stepped on the python while fighting.
AVA said the python was removed and delivered to Wildlife Reserves Singapore.
"Animal cruelty is an offense under the Animals and Birds Act. AVA has issued a set of guidelines on proper treatment of snakes for all pest and wildlife control agencies in Singapore," the official said.
For example, snakes should not be unduly hindered by persons handling them and appropriate equipment should be used to catch them.
"AVA investigates all feedback related to animal cruelty and will not hesitate to take action against offenders," he added.
The authority also advised members of the public not to approach, disturb, feed or attempt to capture wildlife, including snakes. They should keep a safe distance from them and ensure that children and pets are also kept away, he said.