A woman discovered an Australian python had slipped into her shoe and travelled 15,000km with her
- After flying 15,000km from Australia to Scotland, a woman found an Australian python in her shoe.
- It was a surprise.
- She called the Scottish SPCA for help.
- They removed the snake, which is not venomous, and quarantined it.
- Yes, it is just like the 2006 movie "Snakes on a Plane." Thanks!
After returning from a vacation in Australia, a Scottish woman found an unwelcome surprise in her suitcase. Nestled in one of her sneakers was an Australian python.
Evidently, the snake had stowed away in Mary Boxall's luggage at some point during the 15,000km journey from Queensland, Australia, to Glasgow, Scotland, unbeknownst to her, CNN reported.
When Boxall discovered the reptile, she called the Scottish SPCA for help.
"I responded to a call from a woman who had just returned from a holiday in Australia who had found a small snake inside her shoe in her suitcase," Scottish SPCA animal rescue officer Taylor Johnstone said in a statement to INSIDER. "When I arrived, the snake had been contained by the caller, so I safely removed the snake from the property."
Johnstone said the snake was examined and safely removed from the woman's home in Bridge of Allan.
"Upon examination, the snake was found to be a spotted python which is not venomous," Johnstone said. "The snake is now in quarantine at our animal rescue and rehoming center in Edinburgh."
This incident calls to mind the 2006 movie "Snakes on a Plane." In the film, Samuel L. Jackson plays an FBI agent who must fend off a pack of venomous snakes that are released in an airplane in an attempt to kill a witness also aboard the flight.
As they say, life imitates art because this is not the first time this has happened.
First, in 2012, an Egypt Air flight was forced to make an emergency landing after a snake bit a passenger who had smuggled the reptile on board, as CNN reported at the time. Then in 2016, as CNN reported, animal control had to intervene when a rogue snake dangled in the cabin during an Aeromexico flight. And yes, there's video.
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