WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- A python that hid in a woman’s shoe was discovered only when the tourist who traveled from Australia unpacked her bags in her home in Scotland.
- Luckily, it was the spotted kind and not poisonous, otherwise, it could have been worse, according to the woman’s son-in-law in Australia.
- Somehow, the snake which had gone undetected as it made the trip to Britain crawled into the shoe which was packed into a suitcase.
When Scottish tourist Moira Boxall unpacked her suitcase when she arrived home in Glasgow, Scotland after a summer holiday spent at her daughter’s home in Mackay, Queensland, she saw a small python inside her shoes. Thinking it was a fake snake, she touched it, and it moved!
After putting the snake in a box and placing it in her garden, Boxall phoned her son-in-law Paul Airlie in Australia, who called a Scotland animal welfare.
“We had to tell them it was from Australia and that it could have been a venomous snake. Luckily we found out it was a spotted python, so it was fine—it could have been worse,” Airlie said.
The snake has somehow slithered into Boxall’s shoe then packed into a suitcase and made the flight from Queensland, Australia to Glasgow, Scotland where it was discovered when she unpacked, according to the Australian broadcaster ABC.
Airlie said that the discovery of the tiny python came as a shock since his mother-in-law thought she had seen a snake in her room a few days before she left for Britain.
“We searched the room and there was no snake. However, it turns out there was a snake, as it had gone and hidden in her shoe,” said Airlie who was pressed to search for the reptile at 3 in the morning.
The ordeal had left Boxall quite shaken that she had to ask a friend to unpack for her because she was worried there might be another creature in her luggage.
Though she’s not so keen to go back to Australia for another visit, Airlie thinks she might, but will have to think about it first.
As for the python that traveled 9,300 miles across the globe, it is now held in quarantine and may later be placed in a zoo in Glasgow.