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Posted by Laurel & Nick at 8/12/2012 10:00:09 PM

So last week on Saturday I was out in Jersey on a modeling gig when I started receiving emails from the hubby about a find on Craigslist.  And when he explained the whole story there was no way I could say no.  Bye bye restful Sunday, hello rescue mission.  Apparently he had found a 12 year old tiger reduced pattern ball python who needed a new home.  The ad was horrible.  Bragging about how little care they needed and how he thought it might be blind because it struck the glass when the mice were on the other side of the glass.  It also went on about how the ball python was only fed live mice because the owner felt keeping frozen mice was icky.  Lastly, he was rehoming it because he had no idea how long they lived and wanted the space back in his living room.  I could just see this poor thing getting adopted by some teenage boy who would continue the bad care, so I told the hubby to jump on it.

Come Sunday we're in upper midtown Manhattan in the smoldering heat wave eyeing our new baby.  He has a screen top glass tank with huge pieces of shed littered about, no real hide, and a heat rock.  Frown  He's in deep shed, but is a true angel when my husband goes right into the tank to place him into my awaiting pillow case.  Poor baby looks to have a burned belly and some missing scales due to rodent attacks.  The owners seem to mean well, but would it kill them to google a care sheet. 

We then trek to the Container Store to pick up a new tub for Anon's home and pop into stores along the way to keep cool.  Everybody kept staring curiously at me cradling a pillowcase like a baby.  In the Container Store, someone finally asked.  Apparently everybody just thought I was a terrible mother with a preemie in a pillowcase, or perhaps a kitten.  After we explained the contents I was impressed to have people ask to see the new baby and congratulating us on our rescue efforts.  It was so nice to meet such open and friendly people seeing the usual response is "Eeek...snakes!"

Finally we got home and unleashed our poor baby out of his pillowcase dungeon. 

Thankfully due to the hubby's spraying diligence and his new home, he had an almost perfect shed this Saturday.  There were a ton of high fives seeing we thought this one might be horrific.  Plus he looks even better than we ever dreamed.  To celebrate we decided to take a chance and give him a nice large frozen/thawed rat and guess who ate without pausing for a second?  Beyond thrilled!! 

Chalking this one up to a win!  Next week...figuring out Anon's sex. 

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L & A Lopez =0),
Posted At: 8/12/2012 10:08:15 PM  

Awesome pick up. Glad the person who had him previously at least kept him fed. At the least, it's always good to see that they didn't starve.

I've seen some pretty horrific cases of people who had no clue how to care for a snake, which usually led to just feeding it whenever they felt like it. That boy looks pretty good.

Dennis B,
Posted At: 8/12/2012 11:17:40 PM  

Glad you got the BP before something bad did happen. Not to many people would even bother. Good job and good luck with your new pet.

Laurel & Nick ,
Posted At: 8/12/2012 11:27:31 PM  
The ad suggested you could leave him alone for a few weeks without any issues. Not a good suggestion when looking for a good home. Anon is such a sweet angel. Beyond pleased that we rescued him. Hoping he turns out to be a girl, but happy either way. I've never probbed before and will be getting a lesson in a week.

Laurel & Nick ,
Posted At: 8/12/2012 11:29:17 PM  

Thank you for the all the kind words of encouragement.

Posted At: 8/13/2012 12:58:07 AM  

Aww good job saving the poor honey

Emily Milton,
Posted At: 8/13/2012 8:38:31 AM  

Great job - beyond superb.  That was truly amazing of you guys to do that.  Hug yourselves and Anon for me!

George H. Wessel VII,
Posted At: 8/13/2012 9:31:47 AM  

Sarah Auzina,
Posted At: 8/13/2012 10:54:14 AM  

Hooray for happy endings! S/he's very pretty.

Sarah Sears,
Posted At: 8/13/2012 11:56:59 AM  

craigslist is notorious for this kinda stuff. nice save though! : D

Joe Farah,
Posted At: 8/13/2012 4:45:45 PM  

Can i have your husband? I like him.  Glad that BP ended up in caring hands

Laurel & Nick ,
Posted At: 8/13/2012 6:51:57 PM  

@Joe - Lol...he is sort of awesome with his love of the cold blooded, mohawk, and insane expressions.  I could possibly loan him out a few days a week.  He even comes with a British accent. 

I'll just keep scanning Craigslist daily.  I'm up to rescue snake #2.  I can easily see #3 before the end of the year, especially if the Brit has any hand in it. 

George H. Wessel VII,
Posted At: 8/13/2012 10:30:52 PM  

WTF is that all about Joe. Is that what you like? You whore.

Joe Farah,
Posted At: 8/14/2012 9:21:34 AM  
You blew it by not keeping your tongue off of and out of Nate. If you want to be the man who tweezes the cactus needles out of this ass, you'd better wake up and recognize how lucky you are

George H. Wessel VII,
Posted At: 8/14/2012 9:32:38 AM  


I made a mistake I'm sorry! I'll do anything!

Oh God, the things Nate made me do with bacon.

Joe Farah,
Posted At: 8/14/2012 9:49:24 AM  

I want to forgive you but it's going to take some time. Every time i close my eyes i picture you dipping your bald head in hot bacon grease and rubbing it all over Nate's naked body.

Sarah Auzina,
Posted At: 8/14/2012 9:52:04 AM  

Hahahaha eew. Thanks Joe, I needed a laugh this morning :)

Lisa ,
Posted At: 8/14/2012 12:36:50 PM  

I love happy endings ....

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