Huge boa constrictor on the loose in Argentine capital
(AFP) Argentine police, firefighters and veterinarians were dispatched Thursday to hunt down a massive boa constrictor that escaped from its owner's home in Buenos Aires at the weekend.
The three-metre snake, whose name is Margarita, was kept in a climate-controlled enclosure in its owner's living room, but was allowed to slither around the house at leisure.
It slithered a bit farther than usual last Sunday, terrifying residents of the capital city's Banfield neighborhood after news broke that the 30-kilo snake was on the loose.
Margarita's owner was summoned for questioning by the police.
In January a similar case petrified residents of another Buenos Aires neighbourhood when a 3.5-metre python named Coco escaped. A neighbour found the snake and reported it to authorities, who captured it and took it to a research centre.