A terrified Aberdeen resident called the Scottish SPCA to rescue a five foot long snake from her home, only for officers to discover a draught excluder lurking in the loft!
Animal Rescue Officer Karen Hogg arrived at the premises in the Kingswells area of Aberdeen on Monday (2 April) to be greeted by a lady who was very distressed after discovering the unwelcome visitor in her newly rented property.
Closer inspection revealed that the reptile was in fact a large green and black snake-shaped draught excluder with a red felt tongue, who has since been nicknamed Sid.
Officer Hogg said, "We've rescued hundreds of snakes from properties in all sorts of unusual circumstances, so we had no reason to believe this might not be the real thing.
"I'd brought gloves and a pillow case to enable us to handle and contain the snake safely, but as soon as we spotted it we realised the equipment wouldn't be necessary.
"The poor lady was still very shaken, even after we'd removed the stuffed animal from the property.
"This callout really made us smile and given that we deal with cruelty and neglect day in day out, it was refreshing to go to a job where the 'animal' was completely unharmed.
"Sid is now a permanent resident at our Aberdeen Animal Rescue and Rehoming Centre where we are sure he will keep our office nice and cosy.
"Although this incident turned out to be a false alarm, we'd always encourage the public to call our helpline on 03000 999 999 if they believe an animal is in distress."