The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium welcomed a new reticulated python this week with a link to the record-setting Fluffy.

The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium welcomed a new reticulated python this week with a link to the record-setting Fluffy.

The zoo announced Nov. 17 it acquired Fluffy's daughter from the same breeder it purchased Fluffy from.

"Columbus Zoo and Aquarium staff members were moved by the outpouring of sympathy and support they received from Fluffy's fans from the central Ohio community and around the world," a news release from the zoo said. "When they learned the private breeder who sold Fluffy to the zoo in 2007 also had her daughter, the decision was made to bring her to the zoo."

Fluffy, a 300-pound, 24-foot-long python held the title of longest snake with the Guinness World Records and was brought to the zoo in 2007. She died on Oct. 15 "due to an apparent tumor on her ovary," the news release said.

The new snake is about 200 pounds and 18 feet long, and will be located in Fluffy's former habitat in the Asia Quest area of the zoo. The snake will be on view during Wildlights.

Plans for naming the new python with help from the public will be announced in the coming weeks, according to zoo officials.