A man on Australia’s Gold Coast has been fined by wildlife authorities for taking his pet snake surfing.
Higor Fiuza and his bredli carpet python, Shiva, gained attention when a video of them surfing went viral.
However, wildlife protection officers investigated the incident and found that Fiuza had endangered the snake and breached his permit to keep it by taking it out in public. Queensland’s Department of Environment and Science issued a fine of A$2,322 ($1,712) to Fiuza.
Authorities expressed concerns about the snake’s well-being and the potential spread of diseases to native wildlife.