On Sunday, March 27, the Government Printing Office (GPO) announced that a
27-foot Bolivian python (an endangered species) from the National Zoo
slithered into the underground vault holding the official copies of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR).
Before it was incapacitated by numerous darts filled with strong sedatives, the snake managed to swallow Titles 33 and 46 of the CFR. It took veterinarians 12 hours to extract the important
In the interim, the US Coast Guard, Maritime Administration(MARAD), St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation, Federal Maritime Commission, and US Army Corps of Engineers had to curtail operations for lack of authority.