It was slippery business for three of our student officers after receiving a rather unusual call.
A couple reported a large snake slithering around their bedroom in Quarry Bank, Dudley – and had no idea where it had come from.
They explained they had a big item delivered the day before, but weren’t sure if the snake had been hiding in the box or if it had slithered in through a pipe.
While the RSPCA would usually handle this type of situation, the call came in at just after 10pm on Wednesday (15 September) and nobody from the rescue charity was available.
This did not deter officers from our Brierley Hill professional development unit who stepped in to help save the day.
Student officers Pcs Bethan Pinnock, Lucy Corles and Riane Hazel attended the address and were directed to a front bedroom which the couple had managed to close the door to keep the snake inside.
After a long nervy search, the snake was located on top of a cabinet wrapped around a vanity mirror.
The officers used batons to carefully lift the yellow snake, which was around 5ft long, and place it in a shoe box with holes in.
The officers contacted Manor Vets, Halesowen who kindly agreed to take the snake in overnight until the RSPCA were able to attend.
A vet informed the officers that it was a female python of a mature age. The snake had a few lumps and old injuries, but was very friendly and was generally otherwise in good health.
We’d like to say a big thanks to the Manor Vets team for helping us and to our student officers for dealing with this slippery situation so calmly without any hissssterics!