Live snakes! RSPCA and firefighters rescue 10ft python from tree
The RSPCA and firefighters rescued a 10-foot-long python from a tree in Cambridgeshire on Friday.
A motorcyclist was driving on a quiet country road in Conington, near Peterborough, when he saw the large reptile crawling on the road in front of him.
RSPCA inspector Justin Stubbs arrived and discovered the snake had climbed a nearby tree for safety reasons.
Justin said: “I really couldn’t believe it when I saw this huge snake high up on the tree – it was a scene from The Jungle Book!
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The Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service helped remove the branches to have clear access to the snake.
They then cut the branch the snake was on to fall gently into a tarp held by Justin and the firefighters below.
Justin said: “We then carefully gathered the snake in a duvet cover and took it to a local specialist for health checks and boarding until the owner could be found.
“The snake is about 10 feet long and is a reticulated python. We think he or she may have been loose for a while since they were cold and a little underweight.
Justin said: “I have saved hundreds of tree animals in my 25 years with the RSPCA, cats, birds, foxes and I have been called to many snakes.
“But I didn’t expect to see this magnificent animal wrapped high around tree branches in the English countryside!”
Anyone with information on the origin of the snake is invited to contact the RSPCA on 0300 123 8018.
Justin added, “In the summer we have more of these animals in our care because the warmer temperatures give them more energy.
“They escape from their vivariums or their back gardens when the owners have left them outside to enjoy the outdoors and they have slipped away!
“Unfortunately, however, snakes often end up in our care as well, as some owners do not realize the commitment that comes with meeting the needs of these animals and keeping them healthy.
“That’s why we always say people should do their research before adopting a pet.”