Farmer finds 5ft python in mountain mysss-tery
A Burmese python has been found abandoned in the Wicklow Mountains National Park.
The five-foot long snake, which has been named Sammi by wildlife rescuers, was discovered by a local farmer over the weekend.
It was underweight, dehydrated and injured and has since been placed in the care of a reptile specialist.
The ISPCA said the discovery was concerning and it was worried about the care that the python was receiving prior to being abandoned.
"In addition to the potentially illegal release of a non-native species, there are numerous possible offences under the Animal Health and Welfare Act 2013," a spokesperson said.
"This snake did not make its own way up the Wicklow Mountains.
"We believe that it was abandoned and left in an environment not suited to an animal of this type.
"We suspect that it had been abandoned some days prior to her discovery."
Sammi is said to be "hanging in there" but the ISPCA is unsure if it will pull through following the ordeal.
The organisation is calling for stronger regulations around the breeding, keeping and selling of exotic animals as pets.
Anyone with information about Sammi is asked to call the ISPCA National Animal Cruelty Helpline on 1890 515 515 or email firstname.lastname@example.org in confidence.