Search crews early Thursday found a missing python whose temporary slither to freedom forced a two-day closure of her Louisiana zoo.
Cara, a 12-foot Burmese python, was plucked from within the walls of the Mall of Louisiana in Baton Rouge at about 1 a.m., said Ronda Swanson, chief marketing officer for the Blue Zoo Aquarium.
"She was found in the wall, ceiling area," Swanson said. "We were working with animal tracking experts, and we found evidence of where she was."
The Blue Zoo sits in a two-story structure within the shopping mall that's 10 miles southeast of the Louisiana State Capitol.
The zoo said Cara is not poisonous and didn't pose a threat to the public.