April 24, 2013
A new reticulated python named Bo has slithered onto the scene in the Indonesian Rain Forest.
When Bo made his public debut on opening day, he had zoo fans intrigued from the start. “He is very active and curious for a big snake,” says zoo keeper Tim Jedele. “All the zoo guests were amazed that he was moving around and looking at them through the glass.”
Bo started out his life as a pet in someone’s home, and the owner later donated Bo to the Children’s Zoo at Celebration Square in Saginaw, Michigan. When the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo’s resident python, Jed, passed away over the winter and keepers began searching for a new snake, the search led them to Bo, who was rapidly outgrowing the facilities in Saginaw. “The staff at Saginaw took excellent care of Bo,” says Jedele. Bo’s Saginaw fans even created a special going-away card and sent it along on his trip to Fort Wayne.
After Bo’s routine 90-day quarantine period was completed, Jedele and zoo keeper Dave Messmann loaded Bo into a crate and delivered him to the python exhibit in Dr. Diversity’s Rain Forest Research Station. Bo, who is 15 feet long and weighs 55 pounds, immediately began exploring the trees, pond, and logs in the 20-foot-long display.
Bo already seems comfortable in his new home in the Indonesian Rain Forest. “Bo is a perfect fit for our exhibit,” says Jedele.
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