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Sacred Snake Returned to Home Area in Kenya

May 24, 1987|From Reuters

KISUMU, Kenya — The Kenyan government has returned a sick python to its home district in western Kenya after complaints in Parliament that crops might fail if the reptile, regarded as sacred, was not brought back.

The director of the National Museums of Kenya, Richard Leakey, said that the huge female python was burned in a bush fire last February and had been treated at a snake park in Nairobi, Kenya's capital.

Leakey said the snake would not be released in the Nyakach area, where it was found, but rather would be the first inhabitant of a new snake park at Kisumu museum.

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