A snake owner felt sorry that his 12-foot-long pet python drowned in floodwaters during the onslaught of Typhoon Ulysses.
Mcperson Castro Merto mourned the death of his Burmese python named Lance that perished inside its pen after floodwaters reached the second floor of their home in Barangay Tumana, Marikina.
In a now-viral Facebook post, Merto shared photos of the python’s body left bloated by the flooding.
“Na-recover ko katawan ng alaga (kong) si Lance! Kawawa naman kinamatay sa lunod pa . Nakakaawa. Sorry Lance!” wrote Merto.
Merto said that they were able to bring their pet dogs and cats to their rooftop. They also tried to save Lance but unfortunately, its pen couldn’t fit through the window.
“Nalubog po buong bahay namin hangang second floor at hindi siya mailabas sa bubong kasi hindi nag-kasya sa bintana,” said Merto.
He couldn’t also bring Lance out of its cage as it might scare people.
“Naligtas ko mga aso at pusa namin. Siya kasi hindi pwede ilabas dahil baka matakot ang mga nakisilong sa bubungan namin, may matanda at bata. Bawal ko ilabas kasi malakas na yan, baka makatakas at matakot pa ang mga tao at ma-stress pa sila lalo.”
“Ang pangit lang kasi, sa ganitong paraan siya namatay ang alaga ko. Nakakalungkot talaga! ,” Merto expressed his frustration.
Merto, who looked after the snake for six years, related why the python had a special place in his heart. It was a gift from his deceased friend.
“Bigay lang po sa akin yang alaga ko. Two weeks old siya nang iregalo sa akin nang kaibigan. Mahalaga sakin yan kasi ang bait nang kaibigan ko na yun at wala na rin dito ang kaibigan ko, magkasama na sila,” said Merto.