Buying a car without seeing it can be a risky business. One young motorist got more than she bargained for when she picked up her new VW Golf. The car may have been as described but it had a freebie hidden away in the boot – a three-foot long boa constrictor.
The new owner Charlie Wise, 23, dived backwards when she came face to face with the snake, coiled up in the boot of the £200 car, which she had seen advertised on a social networking site. At first she and her husband thought it was a rubber toy, but they soon realised the boa was very much alive.
The nursery worker told the Mirror: "I bought a car, come home to clean it out to find a huge live snake in the boot.
"It's huge and scary. We screamed and slammed the boot."
One of Mrs Wise’s friends came to help retrieve the reptile, wrapping it in a towel before taking it to a local animal rescue centre.
I bought a car, come home to clean it out to find a huge live snake in the boot. It's huge and scary. We screamed and slammed the boot.
She then phoned the person she bought the car from, Christopher Morrison from Bracknell, Berkshire, who told her that the three-year-old boa had disappeared from his car two months ago.
Mr Morrison said that he had been moving the snake to a friend’s house, when it escaped: "I did have it in a cage and was moving it to my mates. It got out.
"I checked everywhere. I had ripped that car to pieces. I thought it must have got out. I wouldn't leave it."
Mr Morrison’s girlfriend, Sammi Larkins, who shared the car said: "We wouldn't have sold it if we thought it was in there."
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