Mounties in British Columbia snag a snake on the lam

Mounties are known to get their man. And so, they weren’t about to let this suspect slither through their fingers — or the opportunity to craft a good pun.

“On the night of August 26, 2016 officers were squeezed into action after receiving a report of an unwelcomed snake behind a residence,”  RCMP in Chilliwack, British Columbia said in a statement released Monday.

That’s when they found a three-foot long boa in a backyard.

“The serpent’s activity was constricted by police until a reptile rescue company arrived from Abbotsford to apprehend the boa,” RCMP said.

Mounties in British Columba apprehended this wayward boa/RCMP
Mounties in British Columba apprehended this wayward boa/RCMP

Jokes aside, the case does raise a serious issue about pet ownership.

“Unfortunately, exotic pets are abandoned or, escape from owners, which could lead to a dangerous encounter for both the public and the animal. Our officers were never rattled during the apprehension of the snake and no one or other animals were harmed. The snake is in the safe care of a reptile facility,” added Corporal Mike Rail, a spokesman with the Upper Fraser Valley Regional Detachment.

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