A hissing surprise visited a school playground on Tuesday morning only hours before students returned from the holidays: a metre-long snake slithering around school grounds.
CBC News reported police found the snake at Port Royal Public School in Scarborough, and they said it could be a boa or a bull constrictor. The broadcaster reported police caught the snake with a pillowcase and gave it to animal services.
Const. Stephane St. George posted a lesson online for other owners of pet snakes.
Pets are a responsibility. Prevent lost or escaped pets and contact the right agencies for unwanted pets pic.twitter.com/rLcIG3x99D
— Stephane St.George (@stgeorge8446) September 3, 2013
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A snake escape had tragic consequences in New Brunswick this summer when a 13-foot African rock python strangled two boys while they slept. Authorities have euthanized the snake and opened a criminal investigation into how it reached the boys to attack them, according to Reuters.
Australian police discovered a strange scene in July when a charity reported a suspected theft, but instead found that a 19-foot python had fallen through the ceiling, made a dreadful mess and urinated on the floor.