Missssssssssing Newton python found, returned to family, police say

NEWTON, MASS. (WHDH) - The 8-foot-long pet python that slithered out a Newton backyard Tuesday was returned to his human family Saturday, police said.

“Lightning the Burmese Python has been found and is back home with his family!” the Newton Police Department tweeted Saturday evening.

The python was reported missing Wednesday, luring snake hunters to Newton.

“We just want to give back to the Garden City,” snake hunter Eli Beutel said. “Catch the snake, keep everybody safe.”

But according to Mayor Ruthanne Fuller’s office, “self-proclaimed snake expert” Jean-Paul LaPierre was the big game hunter who tracked down the snake.

“LaPierre just called dispatch and said he was coming to look,” the mayor’s office Facebook account posted Saturday. “He said the snake would not go far.  … He then found it in the yard that backs up to this owner’s yard. He picked it up and walked it home to the owner.”



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