Story By: Ana Marjanovic, Sub-Editor: Michael Leidig, Agency: Newsflash
A worker had to call his boss to warn him he would be late for work after a huge python blocked his front door.
Peng Wenhao, 34, woke up to find cops outside his door telling him to remain in his home until they could remove the hissing intruder.
Peng – who lives in Bedok Reservoir in the island city-state of Singapore – was stunned to see a huge reticulated python (Malayopython reticulates) outside his window.
In video footage, the large snake is seen stretched across the man’s window and front door of his ground-floor flat.
According to reports, the python was first spotted outside the apartment at around 6.30am and the police were promptly informed.
Officers arrived to cordon off the area and Peng was shocked to see several cops outside his door when he was about to leave for work.
He told local media: “They said there was a snake at my door and told me not to go out.”
Officers also advised Peng to keep his door and windows closed to stop the snake from slithering into his cosy flat.
At around 9am, officials from the Animal Concerns Research and Education Society (ACRES) arrived at the apartment block to catch the reptile.
Meanwhile, Peng said he had to call his boss to explain the situation and tell him he would arrive late for work.
ACRES spokesperson Kalai Vanan Balakrishnan said reticulated pythons are typically shy animals and this one probably came from a nearby canal or drain.
Kalai also thanked the police and local council for responding to the situation quickly and protecting members of the public.