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An Incredible "Something Else in the Box"

Posted by Sonja K. at 6/30/2011 3:25:02 PM

When I purchased my Olive boy, the person I got him from was concerned about whether or not I had any experience with Olives, if I had a big enough cage, etc. I described my experience with my 4 and said, yeah... I have an open cage - in fact I have a lot of open cages. And then briefly described what had caused me to lose the 2 males I had and why I was wanting to buy his male.

As many have said, and we all know, a heat up like what happened to me or a fire are pretty much every keepers worst nightmares. I talked with him via email, and he was amazed at just how many species we had in common, etc.

After I sent payment, I received a note from him saying that he had received it, and that he planned on putting something else in the box to help me build back up my collection.

I had to read it a second time to make sure what I read... I definitely hadn't expected that, and I could only wonder about what it could possibly be. There was no mention made of the species, size, age, anything... 

It took about a week before the weather was decent for shipping.
I headed down the the FedEx hold location after work quite excited; battling rush hour traffic - which was made worse with the fact it was raining pretty good, too... ugh

I opened the box right there in the parking lot... I wanted to make sure they had made it safely, and no way would I have been able to wait to get home - LOL 

When I got to the "something else in the box", I could see some striping through the bag. I thought, oh wow, he sent me a Woma, and I searched through my purse for something that could cut the zip tie. All I found was a fingernail clipper, but diligently I worked at it until it broke open. I opened the bag and peeked in, gasped and closed the bag back up. I got all choked up... I opened the bag again and gave it a second look to make sure I had seen what I thought I had, and I let this gorgeous animal emerge from the bag... 

Here I am with him that first night - pics taken by my 12 and 7 year olds.

And then a few days later exploring in the yard...

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Posted At: 6/30/2011 3:45:51 PM  

Very nice! I'm glad you got such a lovely gift, and I'm also glad to know that there are still some people out there willing to do something simply out of kindness. :)

Joseph Gahan,
Posted At: 6/30/2011 3:45:58 PM  

Congrats!. Beautiful animal.

Aurora ,
Posted At: 6/30/2011 3:49:50 PM  

OMG. What a wonderful, wonderful person. To me, the black headed python is the creme de la creme of the snake world. That is.. wow. I have so much love for the reptile community, even more so now. Such incredible people.

Posted At: 6/30/2011 4:05:39 PM  

Wow! almost in tears myself, that is awesome :-D

Pope of iHerp and Bread,
Posted At: 6/30/2011 4:30:38 PM  

Thats so amazing! BHPs are awesome!

Anjeanette Porter,
Posted At: 6/30/2011 5:55:05 PM  

Wow, what an amazing looking snake! Love the black head and the coloration of it all...what a nice guy to do that for you. Very sweet.

Angie ,
Posted At: 6/30/2011 8:02:42 PM  

Incredible! After all you have been through this is such a nice surprise. I am happy for you.

Jeff ,
Posted At: 7/1/2011 1:26:10 AM  

Oh my god...Wow

Aaron ,
Posted At: 7/1/2011 5:00:57 AM  

Nice to know there are some truly good hearted people out there.

Black heads - that's evolution right there :)

Patrick Malloy,
Posted At: 7/1/2011 6:27:27 AM  

Karma, good things happen to good people! Amazing Sonja!


PS Call Butch im sure he'd be a helpful hand with somethings :)

Sonja ,
Posted At: 7/1/2011 7:25:31 AM  

It's like Christmas!  What a handsome surprise. 

Emily ,
Posted At: 7/1/2011 8:27:24 AM  

Wow. Definitely one of the coolest gifts ever! I love BHPs!

Posted At: 7/1/2011 11:21:00 AM  

What a wonderful surprise! and a good looking animal to boot.

Donna Boswell,
Posted At: 7/1/2011 12:17:44 PM  

Is there any chance you could provide the name of the business/gentleman you got this beauty from?  I think many of us would love to have him on our MUST BUY FROM list after the kindness he showed you.

Posted At: 7/1/2011 12:59:19 PM  

Wow! What a wonderful twist to a horrifying ordeal. That is a truly stunning BHP.

Rebecca ,
Posted At: 7/1/2011 3:18:20 PM  

Good point Donna!

Congratulations Sonja!  I'm so glad you've got him & your lovely Oliver!  :)

Sonja K. ,
Posted At: 7/7/2011 12:33:34 PM  

Thanks everybody!

(I sent an email asking the person if they were okay with me disclosing their name - I'll post it if I hear back from him that it is.)

Sonja K. ,
Posted At: 7/10/2011 12:26:21 AM  

I heard back, and he was okay with me letting people know who he was, so....

As to who to add to your "must buy from list"...  it was Tom Keogan who sent me this beautiful animal.

Colleen ,
Posted At: 7/10/2011 3:57:23 PM  

What a kind heart Tom has, and what a wonderful gift! It really gives me goosebumps.

I am so excited for you:D

Posted At: 7/10/2011 11:54:44 PM  

No wonder he's such a quality example of the species! I always knew that Tom produces exceptional snakes; now I know he's a great guy, too!

I hope your new acquisitions are settling in, Sonja.

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