Boa constrictor rescued from gas heater
Firefighters have rescued a boa constrictor which slithered into a gas heater and did not want to come out.
eight-foot Billy the Boa coiled itself inside the heated facility and as a result a crew had to dismantle the machine and retrieve it.
Poor old Bill was found in a semi-detached house in Gainsborough, Lincolnshire.
Sky News reports that team manager Dave Brierley said his colleagues joked that it would "go down in hiss-tory" as the brigade's most unusual animal rescue.
He said: "When we got there it was a big beast and had actually crawled inside, through a vent, and got itself trapped in the workings. It was a tricky job."
He said it took his five-person crew about an hour to free the snake.