SINGAPORE: The Singapore Food and Veterinary Administration (AVA) said Tuesday evening (January 29) that it was investigating the alleged use of a snake in Tang Plaza.
Photos and videos about python hiding outside the building along busy Orchard Road were distributed on social networks earlier that day.
In frames uploaded by Facebook user Tess Fernando, the python, which looked about 3 meters in length, was partially collapsed behind a trash can.
Another video shown by user Rabbihan Khan revealed that four men were trying to capture a python.
In a two-minute video, a python was seen biting the hand of one of the men, who appeared wearing a glove. A man who was wearing a shirt labeled “Anticimex” later stepped on a python when he fought.
AVA said that the python was removed and transferred to the Singapore Wildlife Parks.
“Animal abuse is a crime under the Animal and Birds Act. AVA has issued a series of guidelines for the proper handling of snakes for all pest and wildlife control agencies in Singapore, ”it said.
“For example, people who work with them should not cause undue harm to snakes, and appropriate equipment should be used to capture them.
"AVA is investigating all reviews regarding animal abuse, and will not hesitate to take measures to protect offenders," she added.
The authorities also advised members of the public not to approach, disturb, feed or attempt to catch wild animals, including snakes. According to them, they must keep a safe distance from them and ensure that children and pets are also not allowed.