Myanmar monk offers temple sanctuary for threatened snakes
Buddhist monk Wilatha holds a rescued Burmese python at his monastery that has turned into a snake sanctuary omore
Rescued Burmese pythons lie in a cage at the monastery. The 69-year-old monk has created a refuge for snakes rmore
Wilatha feeds a rescued Burmese python. Since the snake refuge launch five years ago, residents and governmentmore
"Once people catch snakes, they will likely try to find a buyer," said Wilatha, who also uses his saffron robemore
A rescued Burmese python lies on a Buddha statue. Having such a sanctuary in mainly-Buddhist Myanmar means peomore
A Buddhist monk holds a Burmese python. The Southeast Asian country has become a global hub in the illegal wilmore
A family looks at rescued Burmese pythons. Despite being considered an invasive species in some parts of the wmore
A Buddhist monk and firefighters release Burmese pythons into the wild at a forest on the outskirts of Yangon.more
Buddhist monk Wilatha feeds a rescued Burmese python. Relying on donations for the roughly $300 a month neededmore
A Buddhist monk prepares to release Burmese pythons into a forest on the outskirts of Yangon. REUTERS/Shwe Pawmore
During a recent release at the Hlawga National Park, Wilatha said he was happy to see them slither into freedomore
A rescued Burmese python peeks out of a monk's robes. REUTERS/Shwe Paw Mya Tin
A rescued Burmese python lies on a Buddha statue. REUTERS/Shwe Paw Mya Tin
Rescued Burmese pythons lie in a cage. REUTERS/Shwe Paw Mya Tin
Buddhist monk Wilatha holds a rescued Burmese python. REUTERS/Shwe Paw Mya Tin
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