The story captured the imagination of the nation (particularly the people of Texas who wondered where he might show up) and references to the missing 18 foot long reptile appeared in papers for weeks while the search continued. Here are a few examples from Texas papers.
Early in the morning on Sunday, October 3, workers at the zoo were aroused by some agitated chimpanzees and found Pete, not far from where he had made his escape two weeks earlier:
Even after his return to the zoo, Pete showed up in some odd places in Texas papers. Here, the coach of the TCU football team tries to saddle the python with the blame for a couple of his team’s losses: