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Woman makes startling discovery in toilet at work

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The Colombian Rainbow Boa found in a San Diego Marketing firm's toilet. The Colombian Rainbow Boa found in a San Diego Marketing firm's toilet.
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Let's say you walk into the bathroom at work and see that the water level in the toilet is high. 


"Great!" you think. "Andy must've been in here last." (Andy is the co-worker who always shamelessly takes an unusual amount of time in the company bathroom and makes no apologies for the destruction he leaves behind. Every office as an "Andy." Don't be "Andy.") So being the good little worker bee that you are, you grab the plunger and get to work. But then you notice what you thought was the large surplus of Andy's weekly "Taco Tuesday" event isn't actually breaking up or going down the drain, but rather coming up, you become concerned. Then the unthinkable happens. The culprit begins to move. 


That's when you're faced with the most basic decisions we must make on a daily basis. A thought process that has kept our species going for thousands of years: "Fight or flight." 


When this hypothetical situation became a reality for Stephanie Locsa of San Diego, she chose flight. Fast flight. 


As Stephanie was working to unclog the toilet in her marketing firm's bathroom, she noticed her efforts being wasted, and then quickly found out why when the focus of her hard work didn't go down the toilet, but rather came up and slithered its tongue at her. 


Stephanie had just had a close encounter with a Colombian Rainbow Boa in the toilet. And no, that's not some alternate name for poo, it was a real snake!


Animal Services showed up to the office and pulled the 5'6" snake out of the toilet. An officer was even bit by the snake during the process. (But if you had just spent some time in the toilet only to be mistaken for human waste and plunged, wouldn't you be a little upset too?)


Animal Services told Stephanie they've heard of things like this, but figured it to be nothing more than an urban legend. Officers said they believe the snake is probably someone's pet that wandered off. 


The snake was a little malnourished (understandable given his recent source of food), and was taken to a local animal shelter. 


As for Stephanie, she summed up the experience by saying, "I'm hoping it's someone's pet but I don't ever want that to happen again."





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