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Oxford garage deals with a slippery customer

A technician in Oxford got more than he bargained for when carrying out an MoT - a five-foot long Boa constrictor.

Wayne Hunt, the Bosch technician carrying out the MOT on the MINI Cooper at Carringtons, Oxford, put his hand under the bonnet to find the safety release catch and felt something that seemed rather out of place, which turned out to be the five-foot long, five-inch thick snake.

Wayne said: “We immediately called the RSPCA to collect the snake, since it didn’t belong to the customer and we had no idea who owned it. We also wanted to make sure we didn’t harm the reptile in removing it, as we’re more used to working on brakes than snakes!”

“The snake was dealt with properly and luckily it had done no damage to the car. The RSPCA told us that it looked thinner than it normally would, which could meant it had been living under the bonnet for a while. In all the years I have worked as a vehicle technician, I’ve never seen anything like it.”

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