It might sound like a myth to be debunked on Snopes, or the plot of a sequel to "Snakes on a Plane," but officers with the San Diego Department of Animal Services recently retrieved a 5-foot boa constrictor from a toilet.
Dan DeSousa, deputy director of the San Diego Department of Animal Services, told The Dodo that in his 25 years of working with animals, it's the first time he's heard of one coming up out of a toilet.
The snake was also a surprise to Stephanie Lacsa, who on Wednesday noticed that a toilet in her San Diego, Calif., office was clogged. After a few plunges, Lacsa said she saw something that, at first, seemed unreal. "I thought my eyes were deceiving me," Lacsa said in a report on the Department of Animal Service's Facebook page. "But as soon I saw the flicker of its tongue, I definitely knew that it was in fact a large snake heading straight towards me." The next few moments were not dull, she said:
I ran out of the bathroom screaming louder than I'd like to admit and taped the door shut until the City of San Diego Animal Control arrived to wrangle the snake. The animal control officer said that she had never witnessed anything like this in her career. She referred to the incident as 'The Stuff of Urban Legends' and I would have to agree. This is every person's worst nightmare!
Though some of us would object to the description of snakes as the stuff of "worst nightmares" (there are, in fact, people who have devoted their lives to saving giant snakes), the case is nevertheless a strange one. The building's landlord, according to Fox 5 San Diego, confirmed with Lacsa that the animal was likely a fellow tenant's pet gone missing.