- Karissa Iha was arrested on Tuesday, February 11, with a python measuring 2.3 metres long and weighing 10 kilograms
- The suspect was arrested while passing an island screening area through the x-ray
- The suspect is being held at Ferry Police Station, Likoni sub county and will be arraigned on Wednesday, February 12
A 33-year-old man has been arrested for allegedly stealing a Kenyan snake species.
Karissa Iha was arrested on Tuesday, February 11, with a python measuring 2.3 metres length and weighing 10 kilograms.
Police said the suspect was intercepted while passing an island screening area through the x-ray.
"On Tuesday, February 11, Ferry police officers in conjunction with the security team recovered a suitcase from one Karissa Iha, Giriama male adult aged 33 years containing a python snake of 2.3 metres long," the police said in a statement.
It was not clear how the man managed to handle such a venomous snake and carried it safely in his suitcase.
Legit.ng could not establish where the man was taking the reptile, although other sources claimed he might have struck a deal with foreigners to sell it to them.
The suspect was held at Ferry Police Station, Likoni sub county and will be arraigned on Wednesday, February 12.
"He was arrested and will be charged with the offence of dealing in a life wildlife species without permit or other lawful exemption contrary to section 95(c) of the wildlife conservation and managed Act 2013 as well as being in possession of a live wildlife species without a permit or lawful exemption contrary to section 95 (d) of the wildlife conservation management act of 2013," the police added in a statement.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that a woman identified as Rajani Shetty re-established the fact that there are people around the world who will risk their lives to save animals.
Shetty, who is from Mangalore, India, risked her life and climbed down a 30ft deep well to rescue a stray dog that fell inside the well.
The dog fell into the well after a fight with other street dogs and spent the night there.
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