Sections

Bidding farewell to Fantasia

The Brooklyn Paper
Share on TwitterTweet
Share on Facebook
Subscribe

Get our stories in your inbox, free.

Like Brooklyn Paper on Facebook.

What a long, slithering trip it’s been.

Fantasia, the beloved and majestic albino Burmese python who captivated visitors to the Brooklyn Children’s Museum for more than a decade, died at her new home in the Staten Island Zoo on May 13. She was 20 years old.

“All of us at Brooklyn Children’s Museum are heartbroken,” said museum president Mindy Duitz. “She was such an important part of the Museum’s educational programs for children and loved by so many of our visitors.”

Fantasia arrived at the field-trip destination in 2000 and quickly crawled her way into the hearts of young visitors, who she thrilled and chilled during petting sessions and, on at least one birthday, a feast on a recently dead rabbit.

She was more than 20 feet long and weighed more than 300 pounds at the time of her death, making her the largest legless reptile in New York City.

Keepers moved the spellbinding boa from the museum to the menagerie across the Verrazano Bridge back in February in order to give her more space to uncoil and handlers say she quickly became a favorite at her new home.

“Fantasia had become a very popular attraction here at the zoo from her first day,” said a Staten Island Zoo spokesman.

The rep also said the revered reptile did not suffer before her death, which experts blamed on her old age.

“We were happy to have her in her final years, and it was an important opportunity to collaborate with the Brooklyn Children’s Museum,” the spokesman said.

For legions of Fantasia fans, in Brooklyn and on Staten Island, her last coil came too soon.

Reach reporter Matthew Perlman at (718) 260-8310. E-mail him at mperlman@cnglocal.com. Follow him on Twitter @matthewjperlman.
Today’s news:
Share on TwitterTweet
Share on Facebook
Subscribe

Get our stories in your inbox, free.

Like Brooklyn Paper on Facebook.

Reasonable discourse

Enter your comment below

By submitting this comment, you agree to the following terms:

You agree that you, and not BrooklynPaper.com or its affiliates, are fully responsible for the content that you post. You agree not to post any abusive, obscene, vulgar, slanderous, hateful, threatening or sexually-oriented material or any material that may violate applicable law; doing so may lead to the removal of your post and to your being permanently banned from posting to the site. You grant to BrooklynPaper.com the royalty-free, irrevocable, perpetual and fully sublicensable license to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, create derivative works from, distribute, perform and display such content in whole or in part world-wide and to incorporate it in other works in any form, media or technology now known or later developed.

First name
Last name
Your neighborhood
Email address
Daytime phone

Your letter must be signed and include all of the information requested above. (Only your name and neighborhood are published with the letter.) Letters should be as brief as possible; while they may discuss any topic of interest to our readers, priority will be given to letters that relate to stories covered by The Brooklyn Paper.

Letters will be edited at the sole discretion of the editor, may be published in whole or part in any media, and upon publication become the property of The Brooklyn Paper. The earlier in the week you send your letter, the better.