I met with some friends in Coney Island today. It was kind of an unexpected meeting. My friend Cindy was going to the flea market with some people but when they got there, there wasn't much going on. There were only a few booths. So I suggested (as a cheap attraction) the freak museum where you can see a two headed cow, a two headed turtle, and a replica of a two headed baby. All for the bargain price of $3.
For some reason they had a cage full of python snakes. I have no idea why this would be included in a freak museum because I'm always seeing people carrying python snakes on the Coney Island boardwalk. We got to this attraction early, and I think they had just opened because there was a guy cleaning out the python cage...well it wasn't a cage exaclty it was a plexi-glass aquarium. The hatch in the back was open, and I noticed that one of the albino pythons was slithering out, while another one was following right behind him.
Hey, I think your snakes are making a break for it.
The guy went to the back of the aquarium, and slapped the second snake, REALLY HARD. I gasped, because it was quite brutal and I was a little surprised that the snake didn't just bite him back. He struggled with the albino python (who had pretty much made a clean escape) before putting it back in, and then closed the hatch but not before smacking the other snake one last time.
I know snakes are not soft and cuddly and it's not what one thinks about when they think about animal cruelty but snakes have feelings too. Also, the cage looked very small for the number of snakes that were in there. I am seriously thinking about calling the A.S.P.C.A.