THE BOSS of a furnishings firm got the shock of his life — when he found a 4ft-long snake in the back of his van.
Steve Potter, managing director of Contract Furnishings, had just hired the van on Tuesday evening and brought it back to the company’s base in Bury Road, Radcliffe, when he made the shocking discovery.
At first, his colleagues did not believe him until they saw the evidence for themselves — a non-venomous brown corn snake relaxing in the van.
Fortunately for Mr Potter — and for the snake — the story had a happy ending as it was safely rescued and rehomed by a reptile expert called Crocodile Joe.
Mr Potter said: “I’ve never seen anything like it.”
He added: “I picked the van up about 5.30pm and didn’t have time to check the back of the van before I left.
“When I got back, I opened the doors and saw a strange creature’s head moving around. I couldn’t believe it and had to do a double take.
“When I told a colleague, she just didn’t believe me.
“Before long, there was a crowd of our staff circling around with their phones taking pictures, though noone dared to go near it.”
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