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Unusual Visitor: Baby Python Discovered in New Jersey College Dorm

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Unusual Visitor: Baby Python Discovered in New Jersey College Dorm

On a regular Monday, the tranquility of Rutgers University's Voorhees Residence Hall in New Jersey was disrupted by an unexpected guest: a baby python. The dorm residents were thrown into a state of mild pandemonium, as this particular visitor was not a typical one, and certainly not a native of the region. The python, only a couple of feet long, was found in a student's room, triggering a swift response from the Rutgers University Police Department.

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Python in the Dorm

Officer Rebecca Phillips received the call and arrived at the scene, successfully locating and removing the baby python. The snake was subsequently handed over to New Brunswick Animal Control. The python's condition and how long it had been kept in the dorm room were not immediately clear. As students are required to obtain approval from the Office of Disability Services to keep a 'support animal' in the dorms, it raised questions about whether the python was a legally permitted resident or an uninvited guest.

Unraveling the Python's Origins

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The event has sparked speculation about the snake's origins. It could have been a pet that managed to escape from its owner's room or, more concerningly, was abandoned. Either way, the incident has highlighted the need for clarity around pet ownership responsibilities, particularly in shared living spaces like college dorms. Rutgers University Police Department has issued a reminder that unwanted animals should never be released, indicating that this incident might lead to a review of the university's policies on pets in dorms.

Future of the Python

Now safely removed from the dorm, the baby python's fate rests with the New Brunswick Animal Control. It is expected to be rehomed in an environment suitable for its survival, given that the New Jersey climate is not conducive to a python's needs. The incident, while causing considerable buzz among the dorm residents, has also raised awareness about the importance of treating all animals, whether pets or wild, with respect and due consideration for their welfare.

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