Just like humans, snakes and dogs have their good sides and their bad sides.
Australian Python Breaks Into Charity Shop
Earlier this week, Australian police were mystified at a crime scene in a charity shop where there was no sign of a criminal. What they did find at the shop in Queensland, northeastern Australia, was a huge hole in the ceiling, some liquid that looked like throw-up, and general chaos throughout the building.
Eventually the mystery was solved when they discovered a 19-foot python, weighing 37 pounds, lying against a wall.
From CBS News:
“Its head was the size of a small dog,” Police Sgt. Don Auld said Wednesday.
Before they found the python, investigators’ working theory was that a human burglar with an appetite for destruction — and a serious illness — had gone on a rampage inside the St. Vincent de Paul store in the small town of Ingham.
“We thought a person had fallen through the ceiling because the roof panel was cut in half,” Auld said. “When they’ve hit the floor, they’ve vomited and then staggered and fallen over. That’s what we thought anyway.”
Why this python chose to climb on a roof in the first place remains his secret, but I’m sure he scared himself pretty badly.
The story has a good ending though: a snake catcher was called in to capture the reptile, which has since been relocated to nearby wetlands.
Ball Python Slithers Out Of Package In French Post Office
Pythons are not venomous. They kill by constriction, squeezing their prey to death, not hard enough to break bones but just enough to stop the victim’s breathing and blood circulation. Attacks on humans are rare, but that was probably little comfort to one French post office worker.
Last Friday evening, a French postal worker was all alone at the post office in the village of Blenod-les-Pont-a-Mousson in eastern France, when she felt a live creature rubbing against her legs.
I imagine her screams must have resounded through the village; firemen came to the rescue, grabbing the snake and discovering a second one in the package.
For some strange reason, a snake-owner had decided to send two ball pythons through the French postal system. I don’t know what the punishment in France is for sending live creatures through the mail, but I certainly hope that this owner has to pay for his or her cruel act.
The pair were identified as ball pythons, non-aggressive snakes, and were donated to a local zoo. Let’s hope they receive better treatment there.
Dogs Peeing Where They Shouldn’t
Damn those urinating dogs! They’re dashing the hopes of the citizens of Henley, England, that the town might win the Britain in Bloom contest, which is to be judged later this month.
Let me explain: dogs have been peeing on the cast-iron lampposts in Henley, thereby causing rust damage at the base of the posts. As a result, the county council of Oxfordshire, where Henley is located, has decided that the posts cannot support hanging baskets.
“A lamppost on the riverside, to which hanging baskets were attached, developed a list, brought about by rusting at the base,” David Nimmo Smith, Henley’s county councilor, said in a report to the Town Council. “The county officers have suggested that the rusting is because this was a favored stopping-off point for dogs, although I have no evidence to substantiate this.”
And without hanging baskets, there’s no competing in the all-important Britain in Bloom competition.
If it’s not pythons, it’s those pesky dogs causing trouble! Or maybe it’s the owners/guardians who are to blame?
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