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    Bangkok firefighters on front line of city's snake scourgeBANGKOK (AP) — When the latest distress call came into Phinyo Pukphinyo's fire station in Bangkok, it was not about a burning home or office building. Instead, the caller needed urgent help with a far more common problem facing Thailand's capital: snakes.





    Published on 15 Nov 2017 at 04:15AM

    In this Nov. 3, 2017, photo, fireman Phinyo Pukphinyo holds a python on garage roof in Bangkok, Thailand. When the latest distress call came into Phinyo Pukphinyo’s fire station in Bangkok, it was not about a burning home or office building. Instead, the caller needed urgent help with a far more common problem facing Thailand’s capital: snakes. City authorities say the number of snakes caught in Bangkok homes has risen exponentially in recent years, from 16,000 reported cases in 2013 to about 29,000 in 2016. Figures for the first half of 2017 are over 30 percent higher than last year. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit) In this Nov. 3, 2017, photo, firemen Uten Kana left, and Phinyo Pukphinyo put a golden tree snake into a water bottle after catching at a house in Bangkok, Thailand. When the latest distress call came into Phinyo Pukphinyo’s fire station in Bangkok, it was not about a burning home or office building. Instead, the caller needed urgent help with a far more common problem facing Thailand’s capital: snakes. City authorities say the number of snakes caught in Bangkok homes has risen exponentially in recent years, from 16,000 reported cases in 2013 to about 29,000 in 2016. Figures for the first half of 2017 are over 30 percent higher than last year. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit) In this Nov. 3, 2017, photo, fireman Phinyo Pukphinyo catches a python on a garage roof in Bangkok, Thailand. When the latest distress call came into Phinyo Pukphinyo’s fire station in Bangkok, it was not about a burning home or office building. Instead, the caller needed urgent help with a far more common problem facing Thailand’s capital: snakes. City authorities say the number of snakes caught in Bangkok homes has risen exponentially in recent years, from 16,000 reported cases in 2013 to about 29,000 in 2016. Figures for the first half of 2017 are over 30 percent higher than last year. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)








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