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Python in New Brunswick attack euthanized, but humans were at fault


BartheBrosFrom time to time sad stories of wild animals killing people make the news. Sometimes it’s a bear that wanders into a campsite in search of food and, being startled by campers does what wild animals do and has at them. Perhaps it’s an “exotic” cat that someone has tried to domesticate only to find out that often doesn’t go well, again wild animals being just that, wild.

What always strikes me when one of these wild/exotic animal tragedies occurs is that the blame seems to be placed on the animal instead of the humans

Recently there was a tragic item in the news from New Brunswick where four year-old Noah Barthe, and six year-old Connor Barthe, were killed by an African rock python. Yep, a 100 pound constricting snake in Campbellton, NB. The snake was in a pet shop and the boys were in the apartment above. The snake managed to get out of its cage and make its way up to the apartment through the wall and, yet again, did what wild animals do.

If the animal in question is killed in the act of attacking the humans I fully understand

So now the government of Canada is having another look at our exotic pet laws to see if this sort of thing can be prevented in the future. All fine and dandy to shut the cage door once the snake has bolted, if you will.

But to do so after the fact, and not in an effort to determine whether the animal was diseased or rabid,  seems like mere vengeance to me

What always strikes me when one of these wild/exotic animal tragedies occurs is that the blame seems to be placed on the animal (I’d say on the shoulders of the animal, but that would let the snake off the hook) instead of the humans. In the most recent case, the African rock python has been euthanized. If the animal in question is killed in the act of attacking the humans I fully understand. But to do so after the fact, and not in an effort to determine whether the animal was diseased or rabid,  seems like mere vengeance to me. Of course the young lads were not to blame, but the snake should have been better secured by the owner. Clearly the snake has no place in a city, but isn’t there some way of just returning it to its natural habitat?

When people camp where they are not supposed to and suffer the consequences the “offending” animal is often tracked down and shot

When people camp where they are not supposed to and suffer the consequences the “offending” animal is often tracked down and shot. All it did was what comes naturally. They are animals, not Charles Manson – although some would argue those two are one and the same.  It was the people  who were to blame. The animals didn’t opt to leave their habitat and be sold as pets, or invite campers onto their turf for the purposes of mauling them.

Let’s leave wild animals where they belong.

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5 thoughts on “Python in New Brunswick attack euthanized, but humans were at fault

  1. Roslyn Harris on said:

    true

  2. Human beings simply do not appear to belong anywhere here within Nature. We spend most of our time destroying all we see.

  3. This looks like one of the worst posts I’ve read regarding the subject. For starters, you never mentioned how unnatural the act was. How does a 100 pound, heavy bodied python climb a slick ventilation shaft? Why are there so many inconsistencies in the owners’s story? Why didn’t it also kill the owner’s kid? And sending a captive animal to the wild is almost never recommended. Shit ain’t that easy. It could die on the way, in this modern day and age, captive reptiles are more often than not captive bred, where it will be too adjusted to the lax captive life to struggle in the wild, where it would suffer. It could also bring in foreign diseases such as Inclusion Body Disease, which would wipe out native populations.
    Also, comparing pythons to other “wild” mammals, in my personal experience, is very ignorant and wrong as they behave nothing alike.
    Lastly, wild animal should be redefined to be associated with feral animals and animals actually born in the wild, not any non-traditional captive bred and acclimated pet.

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