Firefighters rescue snake from car

Firecrews in Hampshire got more than they bargained for after answering a call to Southampton Common.

Upon arrival, they were confronted with having to extricate Jack - a 12ft albino Burmese python - from the body work of a car. The snake had slithered into a small gap in the boot next to the Ford Fiesta's rear brake lights.

Jack's owner Danny Palmer alerted Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service who sent its animal rescue specialists Jim Green and Anton Phillips.

Mr Green said: "It's not something we come across very often, that's for sure. About 2ft of the snake had disappeared into the car's bodywork and the rest was in the boot. It looked like there was no way we would be able to get him out.

"We were discussing what special equipment to bring in because it looked like we might have to take the entire car apart when the snake started to back out and freed himself."

But Mr Palmer, who continued with his plan of taking the snakes on a visit to the common last Tuesday, faced further problems when worried members of the public contacted the police.

Mr Palmer told the Southern Daily Echo: "It's the first time I've done it - I normally just let them outside the house. The police came and moved us on, so I won't be taking them there again."

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