snake in the city

A large part of Makati with its glittering skyscrapers and airconditioned malls is considered the country’s central business district.

Yet in some areas of the city, agricultural activities in connection with sports and gaming are also pursued.

This gamefowl farm is located within the city, beside the Pasig River.

Since 1937, this area of Makati was  home to the Santa Ana Park racetrack  until operations were moved to Naic, Cavite, in January this year. The green-and-white structures beside the fighting cocks’ scratch pens used to be racehorse stables until just some weeks ago.

Marvin, keeper of the cocks, showed off a Philippine python that he caught one morning at the back of the pens.

The snake was caught while attempting to devour a huge rat. Placed in a small cage in the center of the fighting cocks’ training arena, kibitzers mulled over the snake’s fate.

The python looked sulky. Who wouldn’t be, interrupted in the middle of breakfast and cooped up in a cage? It was around five and a half feet long.

Equine veterinarian Dr. Rey Miranda (with cap, on bench) said the python is not poisonous but kills its prey by crushing. Onofre (with cap, standing) who works for a nearby office, said a bigger python, its body as thick around as his thigh, was found last month in the same area. Marvin decided he would sell the snake to a pet shop.

Our office is just five meters away. Could a snake find its way inside and hide under my desk?  The guys said, oh yes, it could. They were quite serious.

I looked at the Makati skyscrapers in the distance and thanked my guiding star that I don’t work in those boring buildings. I wouldn’t trade this excitement for anything.

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