A panda pied python named Kaa, who recently became a mother, shocked zookeepers by attacking them when they tried to clean her enclosure. The incident occurred at the London Zoo, where Kaa had laid a clutch of eggs a few months ago. Zookeepers theorize that Kaa may have felt threatened or protective of her eggs, leading her to become aggressive.
The zookeepers were unaware that Kaa had successfully mated and laid eggs until one of them accidentally disturbed the nest while cleaning the enclosure. As they attempted to clean the area, Kaa exhibited territorial behavior and lunged at the keepers. They were caught off guard and sustained minor injuries, but managed to retreat to safety.
Zoo staff have noted that it is unusual for snakes to exhibit such behavior, particularly the normally docile panda pied python. It is believed that Kaa may have been agitated due to hormones associated with motherhood and the protection of her eggs. Pythons are known to be excellent mothers who fiercely guard their offspring until they hatch.
To ensure the safety of the staff and the snake, the enclosure will remain closed until further notice. Zookeepers will continue to monitor Kaa and her eggs closely, providing her with a peaceful environment in which to care for her young. It is hoped that once the eggs hatch, Kaa's aggression will subside and she will return to her usual calm demeanor.