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September 27, 2004

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Mandalay, the Pet of the Day
Name: Mandalay
Age: Five years old
Gender: Female
Kind: Burmese Python
Home: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
   Mandalay was a foundling at the local Humane Society when I first saw her eight months ago. She was homeless and needed foster care as the shelter has no room for a 10 foot snake. We have been inseparable since then and I officially adopted her last month.

    Mandalay and I are very active in the community. We visit schools to teach children the importance of pet care and wildlife. Mandalay is also a big hit at local summer festivals where we lead seminars to dispel the fear of snakes and other reptiles. She is also training to take the test to become a registered therapy animal.

    Mandalay is an extremely curious girl. She is constantly exploring. The best thing about her is "Jeopardy time". We always sit together during the Jeopardy TV show. As the time gets closer she gets excited and patiently waits to come out. As soon as I open the door to her enclosure she slides up over my shoulders. I don't even need to pick her up anymore. I sit on the couch and she curls up in my lap.

    I never thought I would have a large snake in my home, but Mandalay has changed everything.

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