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(Hürriyet Newspaper, 16 March 2011)
The Malatya Environment and Forestry Provincial Directorate's National
Parks and Nature Preservation Office received a tip that Hayrettin
Baydoğan has been exercising the nine month-old python snake he
is raising in his house in Abdullah Gül Park each day. Based on the tip,
teams went to the park and seized the snake.
The veterinarian assigned to the Directorate, Mustafa Öner, stated that
'people who want to raise a python snake must have a 'CİTES document'
(international accord for protecting endangered species) and also get
permission from the Environment and Forestry Ministry. We're guessing
that the snake entered the country via illegal avenues.' It was reported
that the snake will be sent to a zoo.