Mum tells of shock after she discovered a python in her airing cupboard at home in Redhouse

Naomi and Cody Bushall get over their snake ordeal

Naomi and Cody Bushall get over their snake ordeal

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Swindon Advertiser: Photograph of the Author by , @Michael_Benke

MUM-OF-ONE Naomi Bushall received the shock of her life when she opened her airing cupboard to find a four-foot python staring back at her.

Naomi, 34, of Redhouse, was putting her washing away when she was confronted by the slithering reptile, which could have been in her top floor flat for a number of months.

The snake was removed by Wiltshire Fire and Rescue’s rural safety team on Tuesday and its owner is now being traced.

The nursery nurse had just returned home with her three-year-old son Cody when the incident occurred.

“I can laugh about it now but it was terrifying at the time,” said Naomi.

“It was about 4pm and I had just got back from the park with my little one. I took the washing in with me and sat down to fold it all like I normally do.

“I went to put it in the airing cupboard and when I started to put it in something launched at me. Luckily it didn’t bite me but at the time I thought it was just a coat hanger falling or something.

“But when I looked I just saw this snake staring at me and I just froze. I didn’t know what to do.

“I thought if I stood still then it won’t move. It was in the laundry so I couldn’t see how big it was, so I thought it might be a slow worm or something.

“I’m not sure of the time frame. I had my phone with me so I called my mother-in-law, who said to call the RSPCA, but they close at midday so I was left on hold for 20 minutes.

“In the end I thought if firemen deal with cats up a tree, why not a snake in a cupboard.”

Swindon Advertiser:

 Rural safety officer Colin Owens with the snake immediately after its removal from the airing cupboard  

The team of specialists are based in Trowbridge, so Naomi slowly closed the door of the cupboard and took Cody to a neighbour’s house while she waited for help to arrive.

“When they arrived they put on the specialist equipment but no one really thought it was anything too serious,” said Naomi.

“We waited in the lounge for a while and after a bit I went out to make tea for everyone. That’s when one of the officers came in and in quite a serious voice said we had to wait in the lounge.

“In total it took them about half an hour to deal with the snake. I didn’t see it but they told me it was quite aggressive when they approached it.

“It was terrifying but there is part of me that was a bit relieved to know I wasn’t panicking over nothing.

“At least it was me that discovered it. The snake may not have been poisonous but I dread to think what would have happened if Cody had found it.

“He knows there was a snake but I’ve told him the firemen came to take it back to the jungle.”

The creature was quickly identified as a python, a non-poisonous constrictor. It was quite weak and officers believe it may have escaped from its owners several months ago.

Naomi said: “About six weeks ago some boxes in the attic fell down after not moving for around seven years.

“The firemen think it was probably the snake.”

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7:59am Thu 4 Sep 14

umpcah says...

One wonders if any others escaped at the same time. The owner should`ve reported the escape when the snake was first missed - or did he/she ?
One wonders if any others escaped at the same time. The owner should`ve reported the escape when the snake was first missed - or did he/she ? umpcah
  • Score: 11

9:41am Thu 4 Sep 14

benzss says...

umpcah wrote:
One wonders if any others escaped at the same time. The owner should`ve reported the escape when the snake was first missed - or did he/she ?
Reported to whom?
[quote][p][bold]umpcah[/bold] wrote: One wonders if any others escaped at the same time. The owner should`ve reported the escape when the snake was first missed - or did he/she ?[/p][/quote]Reported to whom? benzss
  • Score: -2

10:26am Thu 4 Sep 14

house on the hill says...

benzss wrote:
umpcah wrote:
One wonders if any others escaped at the same time. The owner should`ve reported the escape when the snake was first missed - or did he/she ?
Reported to whom?
To a Civil Serpent of course!
[quote][p][bold]benzss[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]umpcah[/bold] wrote: One wonders if any others escaped at the same time. The owner should`ve reported the escape when the snake was first missed - or did he/she ?[/p][/quote]Reported to whom?[/p][/quote]To a Civil Serpent of course! house on the hill
  • Score: 28

10:27am Thu 4 Sep 14

umpcah says...

benzss wrote:
umpcah wrote:
One wonders if any others escaped at the same time. The owner should`ve reported the escape when the snake was first missed - or did he/she ?
Reported to whom?
Police and neighbours.
[quote][p][bold]benzss[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]umpcah[/bold] wrote: One wonders if any others escaped at the same time. The owner should`ve reported the escape when the snake was first missed - or did he/she ?[/p][/quote]Reported to whom?[/p][/quote]Police and neighbours. umpcah
  • Score: 7

10:41am Thu 4 Sep 14

SophieWRSPCA says...

The RSPCA would just like to say that we do not close at midday - our helpline 0300 1234 999 is open 24 hours a day seven days a week and whilst our inspectors have to prioritise sick or injured animals we can come out to animals such as this one.
The RSPCA would just like to say that we do not close at midday - our helpline 0300 1234 999 is open 24 hours a day seven days a week and whilst our inspectors have to prioritise sick or injured animals we can come out to animals such as this one. SophieWRSPCA
  • Score: 8

10:52am Thu 4 Sep 14

benzss says...

umpcah wrote:
benzss wrote:
umpcah wrote:
One wonders if any others escaped at the same time. The owner should`ve reported the escape when the snake was first missed - or did he/she ?
Reported to whom?
Police and neighbours.
Why would the police care? It's a 4 foot snake, not a lion.
[quote][p][bold]umpcah[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]benzss[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]umpcah[/bold] wrote: One wonders if any others escaped at the same time. The owner should`ve reported the escape when the snake was first missed - or did he/she ?[/p][/quote]Reported to whom?[/p][/quote]Police and neighbours.[/p][/quote]Why would the police care? It's a 4 foot snake, not a lion. benzss
  • Score: 1

12:01pm Thu 4 Sep 14

Hmmmf says...

benzss wrote:
umpcah wrote:
benzss wrote:
umpcah wrote:
One wonders if any others escaped at the same time. The owner should`ve reported the escape when the snake was first missed - or did he/she ?
Reported to whom?
Police and neighbours.
Why would the police care? It's a 4 foot snake, not a lion.
Same reason people report lost dogs, cats, and other lost property, in the hope of having it returned if found and handed in. Pythons kill people too, you know, it's not just lions that are dangerous if they escape captivity.
[quote][p][bold]benzss[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]umpcah[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]benzss[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]umpcah[/bold] wrote: One wonders if any others escaped at the same time. The owner should`ve reported the escape when the snake was first missed - or did he/she ?[/p][/quote]Reported to whom?[/p][/quote]Police and neighbours.[/p][/quote]Why would the police care? It's a 4 foot snake, not a lion.[/p][/quote]Same reason people report lost dogs, cats, and other lost property, in the hope of having it returned if found and handed in. Pythons kill people too, you know, it's not just lions that are dangerous if they escape captivity. Hmmmf
  • Score: 5

12:09pm Thu 4 Sep 14

Alan Bast*rd says...

My Mrs keeps tellling me to stop releasing my one eyed trouser snake.
My Mrs keeps tellling me to stop releasing my one eyed trouser snake. Alan Bast*rd
  • Score: -28

1:10pm Thu 4 Sep 14

back_to_reality says...

benzss wrote:
umpcah wrote:
benzss wrote:
umpcah wrote:
One wonders if any others escaped at the same time. The owner should`ve reported the escape when the snake was first missed - or did he/she ?
Reported to whom?
Police and neighbours.
Why would the police care? It's a 4 foot snake, not a lion.
Youre right, the police won't care. About anything that doesnt affect them that is. Its generally a waste of time to contact the police about;

Anti-social behaviour.
Criminal Damage.
Theft.
Dangerous or anti-social driving.
Dangerous dogs (or snakes) (Unless a child has already been hurt in which case they will try and look like they care, but by then of course then its too little too late)
Any crime commited by gypsies.
And so on..
[quote][p][bold]benzss[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]umpcah[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]benzss[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]umpcah[/bold] wrote: One wonders if any others escaped at the same time. The owner should`ve reported the escape when the snake was first missed - or did he/she ?[/p][/quote]Reported to whom?[/p][/quote]Police and neighbours.[/p][/quote]Why would the police care? It's a 4 foot snake, not a lion.[/p][/quote]Youre right, the police won't care. About anything that doesnt affect them that is. Its generally a waste of time to contact the police about; Anti-social behaviour. Criminal Damage. Theft. Dangerous or anti-social driving. Dangerous dogs (or snakes) (Unless a child has already been hurt in which case they will try and look like they care, but by then of course then its too little too late) Any crime commited by gypsies. And so on.. back_to_reality
  • Score: 8

1:12pm Thu 4 Sep 14

house on the hill says...

Alan Bast*rd wrote:
My Mrs keeps tellling me to stop releasing my one eyed trouser snake.
Presumably that is after she has got out her microscope?
[quote][p][bold]Alan Bast*rd[/bold] wrote: My Mrs keeps tellling me to stop releasing my one eyed trouser snake.[/p][/quote]Presumably that is after she has got out her microscope? house on the hill
  • Score: 33

1:13pm Thu 4 Sep 14

house on the hill says...

back_to_reality wrote:
benzss wrote:
umpcah wrote:
benzss wrote:
umpcah wrote:
One wonders if any others escaped at the same time. The owner should`ve reported the escape when the snake was first missed - or did he/she ?
Reported to whom?
Police and neighbours.
Why would the police care? It's a 4 foot snake, not a lion.
Youre right, the police won't care. About anything that doesnt affect them that is. Its generally a waste of time to contact the police about;

Anti-social behaviour.
Criminal Damage.
Theft.
Dangerous or anti-social driving.
Dangerous dogs (or snakes) (Unless a child has already been hurt in which case they will try and look like they care, but by then of course then its too little too late)
Any crime commited by gypsies.
And so on..
Sad but true
[quote][p][bold]back_to_reality[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]benzss[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]umpcah[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]benzss[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]umpcah[/bold] wrote: One wonders if any others escaped at the same time. The owner should`ve reported the escape when the snake was first missed - or did he/she ?[/p][/quote]Reported to whom?[/p][/quote]Police and neighbours.[/p][/quote]Why would the police care? It's a 4 foot snake, not a lion.[/p][/quote]Youre right, the police won't care. About anything that doesnt affect them that is. Its generally a waste of time to contact the police about; Anti-social behaviour. Criminal Damage. Theft. Dangerous or anti-social driving. Dangerous dogs (or snakes) (Unless a child has already been hurt in which case they will try and look like they care, but by then of course then its too little too late) Any crime commited by gypsies. And so on..[/p][/quote]Sad but true house on the hill
  • Score: 0

2:06pm Thu 4 Sep 14

benzss says...

Hmmmf wrote:
benzss wrote:
umpcah wrote:
benzss wrote:
umpcah wrote:
One wonders if any others escaped at the same time. The owner should`ve reported the escape when the snake was first missed - or did he/she ?
Reported to whom?
Police and neighbours.
Why would the police care? It's a 4 foot snake, not a lion.
Same reason people report lost dogs, cats, and other lost property, in the hope of having it returned if found and handed in. Pythons kill people too, you know, it's not just lions that are dangerous if they escape captivity.
Just because it's a snake doesn't mean it's dangerous.
[quote][p][bold]Hmmmf[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]benzss[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]umpcah[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]benzss[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]umpcah[/bold] wrote: One wonders if any others escaped at the same time. The owner should`ve reported the escape when the snake was first missed - or did he/she ?[/p][/quote]Reported to whom?[/p][/quote]Police and neighbours.[/p][/quote]Why would the police care? It's a 4 foot snake, not a lion.[/p][/quote]Same reason people report lost dogs, cats, and other lost property, in the hope of having it returned if found and handed in. Pythons kill people too, you know, it's not just lions that are dangerous if they escape captivity.[/p][/quote]Just because it's a snake doesn't mean it's dangerous. benzss
  • Score: -4

2:28pm Thu 4 Sep 14

Alan Bast*rd says...

benzss wrote:
Hmmmf wrote:
benzss wrote:
umpcah wrote:
benzss wrote:
umpcah wrote:
One wonders if any others escaped at the same time. The owner should`ve reported the escape when the snake was first missed - or did he/she ?
Reported to whom?
Police and neighbours.
Why would the police care? It's a 4 foot snake, not a lion.
Same reason people report lost dogs, cats, and other lost property, in the hope of having it returned if found and handed in. Pythons kill people too, you know, it's not just lions that are dangerous if they escape captivity.
Just because it's a snake doesn't mean it's dangerous.
Thats what I tell the Mrs. She still tries to hit it with a rolling pin though.
[quote][p][bold]benzss[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Hmmmf[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]benzss[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]umpcah[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]benzss[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]umpcah[/bold] wrote: One wonders if any others escaped at the same time. The owner should`ve reported the escape when the snake was first missed - or did he/she ?[/p][/quote]Reported to whom?[/p][/quote]Police and neighbours.[/p][/quote]Why would the police care? It's a 4 foot snake, not a lion.[/p][/quote]Same reason people report lost dogs, cats, and other lost property, in the hope of having it returned if found and handed in. Pythons kill people too, you know, it's not just lions that are dangerous if they escape captivity.[/p][/quote]Just because it's a snake doesn't mean it's dangerous.[/p][/quote]Thats what I tell the Mrs. She still tries to hit it with a rolling pin though. Alan Bast*rd
  • Score: -21

4:14pm Thu 4 Sep 14

Hmmmf says...

benzss wrote:
Hmmmf wrote:
benzss wrote:
umpcah wrote:
benzss wrote:
umpcah wrote:
One wonders if any others escaped at the same time. The owner should`ve reported the escape when the snake was first missed - or did he/she ?
Reported to whom?
Police and neighbours.
Why would the police care? It's a 4 foot snake, not a lion.
Same reason people report lost dogs, cats, and other lost property, in the hope of having it returned if found and handed in. Pythons kill people too, you know, it's not just lions that are dangerous if they escape captivity.
Just because it's a snake doesn't mean it's dangerous.
It was a python. Which bit of "Pythons kill people too" didn't you bother reading? There are plenty of examples online of pythons killing people, including young children, if you could be Rsed to look.
[quote][p][bold]benzss[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Hmmmf[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]benzss[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]umpcah[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]benzss[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]umpcah[/bold] wrote: One wonders if any others escaped at the same time. The owner should`ve reported the escape when the snake was first missed - or did he/she ?[/p][/quote]Reported to whom?[/p][/quote]Police and neighbours.[/p][/quote]Why would the police care? It's a 4 foot snake, not a lion.[/p][/quote]Same reason people report lost dogs, cats, and other lost property, in the hope of having it returned if found and handed in. Pythons kill people too, you know, it's not just lions that are dangerous if they escape captivity.[/p][/quote]Just because it's a snake doesn't mean it's dangerous.[/p][/quote]It was a python. Which bit of "Pythons kill people too" didn't you bother reading? There are plenty of examples online of pythons killing people, including young children, if you could be Rsed to look. Hmmmf
  • Score: 0

9:18am Fri 5 Sep 14

benzss says...

Hmmmf wrote:
benzss wrote:
Hmmmf wrote:
benzss wrote:
umpcah wrote:
benzss wrote:
umpcah wrote:
One wonders if any others escaped at the same time. The owner should`ve reported the escape when the snake was first missed - or did he/she ?
Reported to whom?
Police and neighbours.
Why would the police care? It's a 4 foot snake, not a lion.
Same reason people report lost dogs, cats, and other lost property, in the hope of having it returned if found and handed in. Pythons kill people too, you know, it's not just lions that are dangerous if they escape captivity.
Just because it's a snake doesn't mean it's dangerous.
It was a python. Which bit of "Pythons kill people too" didn't you bother reading? There are plenty of examples online of pythons killing people, including young children, if you could be Rsed to look.
A 4 foot python is not going to kill anyone. Which part of that didn't *you* read?

Seems as if we have somebody here who knows nothing about snakes commenting on snakes.

Disclaimer: I know stuff about snakes.
[quote][p][bold]Hmmmf[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]benzss[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Hmmmf[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]benzss[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]umpcah[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]benzss[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]umpcah[/bold] wrote: One wonders if any others escaped at the same time. The owner should`ve reported the escape when the snake was first missed - or did he/she ?[/p][/quote]Reported to whom?[/p][/quote]Police and neighbours.[/p][/quote]Why would the police care? It's a 4 foot snake, not a lion.[/p][/quote]Same reason people report lost dogs, cats, and other lost property, in the hope of having it returned if found and handed in. Pythons kill people too, you know, it's not just lions that are dangerous if they escape captivity.[/p][/quote]Just because it's a snake doesn't mean it's dangerous.[/p][/quote]It was a python. Which bit of "Pythons kill people too" didn't you bother reading? There are plenty of examples online of pythons killing people, including young children, if you could be Rsed to look.[/p][/quote]A 4 foot python is not going to kill anyone. Which part of that didn't *you* read? Seems as if we have somebody here who knows nothing about snakes commenting on snakes. Disclaimer: I know stuff about snakes. benzss
  • Score: -1

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