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Drivers ‘alarmed’ as two Royal Pythons thrown from moving car on road

A woman said she was shocked after witnessing two snakes being thrown from a moving car. The “flimsy” container broke open as it hit the road, leaving the reptiles slithering on the ground near Solihull, West Midlands.

The woman, who was driving behind the callous culprits on Newport Road, stopped to investigate and ‘thought her eyes were deceiving her’. Feeling uncomfortable around snakes, she told BirminghamLive that she reached out to a friend who was willing and able to handle the pythons. When they were safely in a box, she took them to a local vet and the RSPCA was contacted for help.

The charity is now appealing for information to find those responsible for abandoning them in a “cruel and totally unacceptable” manner. The incident took place on Sunday, September 25, near the roundabout leading to Bradford Road and Coleshill Road.

RSPCA inspector Fiona Howells said: “These poor snakes – later confirmed as Royal Pythons – had been callously tossed out of the window of a moving car. As their flimsy container hit the tarmac of the Newport Road traffic island, it broke open, leaving the two vulnerable reptiles loose and unprotected and in danger from passing cars.

“The driver who had been in the vehicle behind saw the whole event unfold, and luckily for the poor snakes, was able to make arrangements for them to be contained and taken to a local vet. Surprisingly, given their ordeal, the two snakes were in reasonable condition and looked healthy. Each was about three feet long, and we estimate they’re quite young – maybe six months old.

“They have now been taken to a specialist boarding facility where they will eventually be made available for adoption. I was really shocked by this incident. The callous and dangerous way in which these two snakes were just discarded out of the car window was really cruel and totally unacceptable.

“No matter what the reason, abandoning an animal is never okay. There is no guarantee that an abandoned animal will be found or not become hurt or lost.”

Anyone who has information regarding the snakes was asked to call the RSPCA appeal line on 0300 123 8018.


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