The python was named after Dr. Rajeev Venkayya, who today is the President of Global Vaccine Business Unit at Takeda Pharmaceuticals. As a Fairborn High School student, Dr. Venkayya worked at the museum and helped care for the animals.
“Rajeev’s latest bout of illness took a lot out of him and he was unable to eat at all,” Hyklinski said. “His condition, which consisted primarily of long-term lack of appetite and weight loss brought on by old age, was simply too much for him, and his quality of life was starting to decline.”
“ After much deliberation with our veterinarians, and multiple efforts to treat him, the decision was made to euthanize him humanely. Pet owners will know that euthanizing a geriatric animal is not an easy decision to make, but our animal care staff felt that his condition would not improve.”