PHILADELPHIA (CBS) –– A unique reunion took place Wednesday night outside of ACCT Philly as Salih El Shabazz walked out with his 7-foot python Kai in tow.
“Im surprised by all of the attention,” he said. “Not surprised he really got out. He’s usually out in the house sometimes. I can’t really say it’s surprising–I did have the door open.”
El Shabazz says he was working outside of his Point Breeze home and Kai got out through that open door.
The snake slithered his way to Margo Rollins’s flowers.
“It was long,” Rollins said. “I seen when police put it in the bag. I’m standing there watching everything!”
But police were called and took Kai to ACCT Philly, where he was given the name Petunia.
Ame Dorminy, who works with ACCT Philly says the python was just showing a little affection when it was squeezing her neck.
“We believe he’s a Burmese python and he’s probably someone’s pet so they’re probably looking for him,” she said earlier Wednesday.
And just a few hours later the Petunia went back to being Kai when his owner Salih El Shabazz came to pick him up and bring him back home.
“I have a few cats and kids so he’s fine,” El Shabazz said. “(Kai’s) very domesticated and only aggressive when its time to eat. Other than that he’s just another pet.”