Saturday, 3 November 2012

William Hague's antique anaconda cost £10,000 to re-stuff

The Foreign Office has spent £10,000 on the "essential maintenance" of a stuffed anaconda called Albert.

The 20ft snake has been hanging in the library of what is now William Hague's department since the 19th Century.

But officials sent it for a scan after noticing it was in poor condition - and the sorry-looking snake was re-stuffed.

Foreign Office officials say they are obliged to maintain the department's assets - and Albert is seen as one such asset.

The story was uncovered through a Freedom of Information request bypolitical gossip website Guido Fawkes.

The official FOI reply explains how the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) came to be the owner of an antique anaconda.

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