Mechanics rescue pet snake from inside car
COCONUT CREEK, Fla. (WSVN) -- A South Florida dealership got an interesting phone call after a woman's pet boa constrictor found itself stuck inside the paneling of her car.
Vista BMW in Coconut Creek gets lots of service calls during the week, but the call that they received Monday morning was by far the strangest. "I got the phone call," said Mitch Packer, who works at the shop, "and my son and my wife are herpetologists, and we've had snakes as pets, so everyone in the dealership knows to call me when there is a snake involved."
"I got a call from a service adviser who said, 'I have a customer with their pet snake stuck in the car,'" said Chris Braun, a mechanic.
The snake was caught up inside a Mini Cooper. "I thought, 'Uh, oh. I don't like snakes," said Braun.
"It's not everyday you see a snake being pulled out of the back of a car," said Vista BMW service adviser Jim Cocchiola.
The woman told the staff she travels everywhere with her snake and normally puts the snake into a travel bag in her trunk, but it somehow slipped away.
Braun preformed the rescue as Cocchiola caught the rescue on cell phone video. "She was tucked in the corner of the body panel. She pulled the cover off and crawled in there," said Braun. "And we just pulled one tail light out, and then you can see her. Luckily, the head was sticking out and I grabbed her by the head, and she just followed."
Braun said he has a fear of snakes but since it was someone's pet, he had to jump to the rescue. "I don't like snakes, but it's their pet, you know? I have pets, so I won't leave a pet to die in a car," he said.
The owner of snake did not want to speak on camera. She and her pet have since been reunited.
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