Wednesday 4 March 2020

Sixteen more snakes dumped in pillowcases in Sunderland

Discovery of reptiles comes days after 13 royal pythons were found in same location

PA Media

Mon 17 Feb 2020 17.49 GMTLast modified on Mon 17 Feb 2020 20.00 GMT

A second nest of 16 snakes has been found dumped outside a fire station, days after 13 royal pythons were found in the same spot.

The reptiles were found abandoned in pillowcases outside Farringdon fire station in Sunderland. The first nest was found on Thursday, and one snake has died.

On Saturday, a further 15 corn snakes and one male carpet python were found abandoned in two pink pillowcases, inside a bin behind the station.

The snakes were rescued by an RSPCA inspector, Heidi Cleaver, and taken to the vets. “I couldn’t believe it when the call came through to say there had been even more snakes found in the exact same spot. These snakes had been left inside the bin so they were incredibly lucky they didn’t end up in the landfill,” she said.

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