‘Too Late....For Some 2’
We get calls for a wide range of reasons, many of which highlight social and family problems. These include divorce, abusive relationships, and in extreme circumstances criminal activities leading to owners being imprisoned or worse. On a much more mundane level there are simple family arguments which can lead to members leaving the home behind.
In this case a son left the family home after a family depute. However, left behind was a vivarium with a collection of four young Carpet Pythons. Now it is not unusual for a situation to develop where one person is responsible for an animals care, and in the case of reptiles this seems to happen all too often. This leaves others woefully ignorant of the animals care needs, and unable to cope when the owner is no longer present. And this is exactly what happened.
However it is a short step from not knowing about an animals needs, to blatantly ignoring them. The heating for the vivarium was turned off, and precious little effort was made to keep them clean and watered. This situation was allowed to continue for over two weeks before we were finally contacted. And what did we find?
Two corpses....one near to death....and one looking the worst for wear.
The third had to be put to sleep, while the fourth thankfully made a full recovery and is still a resident, pictured left.
One footnote to this story is that at some point before we were called in, another rescue, based just a few doors away were called. They refused to help, deciding they didn’t want any Carpet Pythons.