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Google hunts down runaway snake

Python runs amok at Google's New York HQ

Employees at Google's New York offices can rest easier now that Kaiser, a 3-foot-long ball python, has been captured after disappearing from his tank on Sunday, a Google spokeswoman said yesterday.

"What you have heard is true and was not an April Fool's Day joke," spokeswoman Ellen West told PC Advisor’s sister title Computerworld US. "One of our Googlers lost a pet python named Kaiser in our New York office over the weekend. We are pleased to report that Kaiser was located in the office last night, Monday, 2 April. Kaiser was taken home by his owner and is no longer in the building."

Although West declined to provide additional details, bloggers are writing about the strange incident. The snake story was first reported at Valleywag, a tech gossip blog.

According to a Valleywag blog posting, an email sent to Google employees, who are known as Googlers by the search engine company, warned that a Googler brought the python, housed in a tank, to work over the weekend and put him in his cubicle on the fourth floor. Somehow the brown-and-gray snake slithered away from his tank to look for a better hiding place.

A security team, Kaiser's owner and an exterminator went on the hunt for the snake, which is not of the poisonous variety, the email said.

"Should you see the snake, please do not attempt to touch it or pick it up. Call security immediately," the email warned.

But last night, Valleywag said, one of the housekeeping staff found Kaiser, and he was reunited with his owner.

The email also reminds employees that dogs are the only pets allowed in Google's New York office.

www.computerworld.com


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