Police 'Flabbergasted' After Woman Finds 8ft Boa Constrictor In Bathroom
A lot of the time when you walk through the door of a public toilet you're not best pleased with what's waiting for you on the other side.
In your own home though, you're usually fine - but this wasn't the case for one woman in Birkenead, Merseyside, UK.
As she visited the bathroom of her flat at around 1am on 30 December she was shocked to discover an 8ft snake slithering across the sink and the bath.
The woman subsequently called the police and neither she nor her neighbour were able to explain to the 'flabbergasted' officers how it got there - notoriously sneaky though aren't they, snakes?
Police initially contacted a number of animal organisations to seek help safely relocating the reptile, but none of them were available. Fortunately, Constable Chris Eastwood from the cool-sounding 'Matrix Team' stepped into the breach.
A spokesperson for the force explained how Constable Eastwood dealt with the slippery customer, before signing off with a little pun.
They said: "Constable Eastwood has knowledge of snakes and handling them and when he arrived confirmed it was a Boa Constrictor. He was able to calmly approach the reptile, which had wrapped itself around the bathroom sinks and taps, and after giving it a drink of water was able to coax it to unravel itself so that he could put it into a large, safe container.
"Constable Eastwood then made arrangements to have the snake temporarily housed at a local pet rescue facility.
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"The snake has been temporarily rehomed and is doing well - the rest is hiss-tory....."
While finding a massive mystery snake in your bathroom in the UK is extremely rare, it's a much more common occurrence in Australia.
Last year a homeowner in Brisbane was met by a snake in their toilet as they were about to do their business.
The family called Brisbane Snake Catchers and thankfully they managed to get the carpet (toilet) python out without a hitch.
Stuart Lalor, from the snake catching group, told the Courier Mail: "I've had jobs in the past where I've had hands in the toilet for half an hour.
"This guy half took himself out (of the water) for me which was unusual. I think he was curious to see what was going on."
Mr Lalor also advised that you overcome any bizarre instincts you may have to press the flush when confronted by a snake in the toilet, as this will unsurprisingly be bad for both your plumbing and the snake.
Featured Image Credit: Merseyside Police