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Snake found in a store

Val Lofvendahl, of Reptile Rescue, Adoption and Education Society, gets a kiss from the one-metre ball python she’s named Wind, rescued from the Wind Mobile store.  - Martin van den Hemel photo
Val Lofvendahl, of Reptile Rescue, Adoption and Education Society, gets a kiss from the one-metre ball python she’s named Wind, rescued from the Wind Mobile store.
— image credit: Martin van den Hemel photo

A metre-long ball python served up quite a scare for two employees at Wind Mobile late Monday afternoon.

Val Lofvendahl, of the Reptile Rescue, Adoption and Education Society, said she and her daughter Bailey were summoned late Monday afternoon after the workers found the snake wrapped around the microwave in the back room to the store.

When Lofvendahl arrived, the two staff were standing out front, and gave verbal directions on where to find their unwanted visitor.

“They wouldn’t come into the store to show us,” Lofvendahl said.

Wearing gloves and ready for the unexpected, the mother-daughter team found the snake sitting on top of a cardboard box in the back room.

Now nicknamed Wind, the snake, which can live up to 30 years, will remain at the rescue society for the next 30 days to ensure it’s healthy, eating properly and passes the health test.

After that, it will be put up for adoption.

“Somebody dumped him,” Lofvendahl said of the snake’s likely origin. It was probably someone’s pet before they got tired of it and simply left it in the mall, she guessed.

Judging from its condition, it looked healthy, though a little dehydrated, indicative that the snake was released in the mall probably within the last week or so.

She said this breed of python grows only to about five feet, and is “one of the most docile snakes.”

Meanwhile, Lansdowne Centre is investigating the snake’s origins.

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