A "marriage ceremony" with a difference took place recently at the Temple of One Thousand Steps in a suburb of Taipei.
GV EXT Temple
SV Five men struggle to hold python
CU PAN FROM Head of python along body
SV Firecrackers tied on pole exploding
CU & SV Children and parents watch as handlers hold python (2 shots)
SV & CU Handlers hold two pythons with marriage hats and ornaments (2 shots)
SV & CU Crowd watches pythons with tails entwined, being married (4 shots)
SV PAN Handlers carry married pythons to cage
CU Ceremonial banner placed over cage
SV Pythons in cage
Initials BB/1807 RW/PN/BB/1822
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Background: A "marriage ceremony" with a difference took place recently at the Temple of One Thousand Steps in a suburb of Taipei.
The "bride" and "groom" were two rare pythons from the zoological section of an amusement park behind the temple. Recently, the director of the park noticed that the female, Jade Python, seemed to be lamenting the fact she had no mate. So, a male, Golden Dragon, was imported from Thailand at a cost of 1,200 U.S. dollars.
The two snakes have been getting along well since they met.
A family is expected within six months.
SYNOPSIS: The Temple of One Thousand Steps in suburban Taipei, on Taiwan....
....and an apparently reluctant python is prepared to be "married". The snake is believed to be one hundred years old....and it seems a century of bachelorhood dies hard.
His name is Golden Dragon and he's thirty-two feet from head to tail.
The wedding is Chinese-style.
Golden Dragon was imported from Thailand by the director of a local zoo to be the mate of a lonely female. The cost?: twelve hundred dollars.
The female, a petite twenty-eight footer named Jade Dragon, is about the same age as her mate.
She had been showing signs of boredom and took immediate interest when the strapping Thai python was put into her cage.
Golden Dragon returned his mate's affections and after his earlier objections, seemed to take the wedding ceremony calmly enough. Afterwards, back to the zoo to lead a happily wedded life and local experts were predicting there'd be a whole family of little pythons in six months.