Aug 14, 2009

Read the Fine Print

When I saw the photo below in combination with the headline stating how the invasive Burmese python is wreaking havoc on the Florida Everglades, I assumed something was being done to the snake to address that problem. So, I read on.

The article goes on to explain how park rangers are using unmanned aerial vehicles and thermal imaging to locate python nests, which the pythons keep cool in the heat and warm in the cold. But the article never explains what's actually happening in the photo. Is the snake being fitted with a transponder? Is it being trained to fly those unmanned drones, thereby making them 'snaked' drones? Is it being transformed into a python-killing cyborg? Is it about to be water-boarded? Is it an autopsy? Are those people members of the Order of the Phoenix, and is the snake a horcrux? So many questions, so much fodder for my paranoid and over-imaginative mind...

But then I read the caption and found out that it's being equipped with a radio tracker. Or so they would have us believe...

Thanks for the article, Ida.

Photo source: University of Florida via Popular Science


Anonymous said...

Maybe they're preparing him for the P.A.G.A.N. virgin sacrifice.

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Ellen said...

I hope it is an necropsy to find out whose dog it ate last!! These creatures are beautiful, but very dangerous to the small rodent and animal population in the areas they patrol.

Fincher said...

Harry Potter reference. Awesome.