Monty, a 3 1/2 -foot-long Ball python, wasn’t up for adoption very long before someone snatched him up Wednesday morning.
As part of its #wagwednesday, the Olathe Police Department tweeted out that they had rescued Monty and were putting him up for adoption. For $10, Monty could be yours. The department also posted to its Facebook page that the Ball python was available for adoption.
When the Olathe Animal Shelter at 505 E. Sunvale Drive opened at 10 a.m., there was a woman waiting to adopt Monty.
“Monty the Python has been adopted,” said Sgt. Logan Bonney, a spokesman for the Olathe Police Department. “He is no longer in our custody.”
Ground crews found Monty on Monday at the Gardens at Creekside, a senior living community near 135th and Brougham Drive.
“He was trapped in a piece of netting — we are not sure where it came from,” Bonney said. “He has already eaten a meal.”
That was considered a good sign. Although Monty had a minor injury from the netting, it didn’t look serious and mended up for the most part before being put up for adoption.
Because Indian Creek runs through that area, it appeared that Monty had been released there, Bonney said.
Monty was a pretty good size, Bonney said.
“He was a bigger snake than I wanted to be around.”
Olathe animal control officer James Brackett rescued Monty, brought him to the shelter and fed him.
“We get bunnies, turtles and the occasional pig or lizard,” Bonney said. “But snakes are far more rare.”
Bonney said he never made it over to the animal shelter to see Monty — probably for the same reason others didn’t go.
“It was a giant snake,” Bonney said. “Officer Brackett was the only one over in Animal Control that was willing to handle the snake. Our snake fears all came out.”