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Python found in pool at Toa Payoh Swimming Complex on Tuesday morning

Published on Apr 29, 2014 8:45 PM
 
A reticulated python was found in a pool at Toa Payoh swimming complex on Tuesday morning. Fortunately, the pool was closed for its scheduled half-day weekly maintenance. -- PHOTO: ANIMAL CONCERNS RESEARCH AND EDUCATION SOCIETY (ACRES) 

A reticulated python was found in a pool at Toa Payoh swimming complex on Tuesday morning. Fortunately, the pool was closed for its scheduled half-day weekly maintenance.

Sport Singapore said a pool operator discovered the snake at about 6am inside its competition pool, which is not opened to the public as it is used by national swimmers and lifeguards for training. There are protocols in place for situations like this, it added.

The snake was removed by about 7.10am by representatives from animal welfare group, the Animal Concerns Research and Education Society (Acres). An Acres spokesman told The Straits Times that the non-venomous snake will be microchipped and released back into the wild.

Members of the public who have something to report can call Acres' 24-hour Wildlife Crime and Rescue Hotline at 9783-7782.

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