A 12-foot python escaped from an enclosure at Louisiana’s largest shopping mall on Tuesday and remains on the loose.
The Blue Zoo, which calls itself an “interactive aquarium,” confirmed Wednesday afternoon that Cara was still on the loose after experts and officials, including local firefighters and police, searched for the creature for hours on Tuesday.
“We’ve brought in multiple snake experts to assist in the search, in addition to an animal tracker that is working with us throughout the evening and overnight,” the Blue Zoo shared on Facebook.
The interactive aquarium added that it has purchased “night vision cameras to see more difficult areas” and motion sensor cameras. Plumbing and HVAC companies are also deploying additional cameras in an effort to catch the snake.
The Blue Zoo shared that it has seen “evidence of Cara moving within our ceiling space” but that it will remain closed to visitors on Wednesday “for her safety.”
“We all love Cara and their dedication and passion for her return is evident,” it added.
The Mall of Louisiana was open to shoppers on Wednesday.
The snake is not poisonous, The Associated Press reported. The Blue Zoo said in a statement on Tuesday that Cara is a “friendly snake that enjoys her time interacting with guests during our Snake Education Shows.”
The Blue Zoo confirmed to USA TODAY that there is little chance of Cara leaving the area around the aquarium, but there are cameras in vents in the mall.