Missing Snake Found After 1 Year
by, 06-03-2012 at 10:31 AM (1084 Views)
Jeff posted this on FB and I thought the story was one to share, so here you go.
THE trauma of moving house scaled new heights when this slippery customer reared his head.
Dobby the corn snake has been reunited with his 10-year-old owner after he went missing in the lad’s old house.
Distraught Max Gerrard was left heartbroken after his beloved reptile went missing a year ago and despite desperate attempts to find Dobby, the family had to give up hope of ever seeing him again.
One year down the line and now living in a new house in Ulgham, Northumberland, dad Mark received an unexpected phone call from the owners of their previous home in Morpeth.
The 44-year-old firefighter said: “Max was heartbroken when he lost him and it was horrible at the time. He was upset for weeks and people kept saying he might turn up but he never did and we subsequently moved house.
“But I had a call from the owners of our old house saying they had found him in the garage - not surprisingly they were a little alarmed.” Two-year-old Dobby was just over one foot long when he disappeared last year but when Stephen and Adria Robinson, who own the Gerrard’s old house, found him hiding in their garage this week he had grown to around 4ft.
Adria said: “I got a phone call from my husband to say ‘we have a problem’ and he told me he’d found a snake in the garage.
“He was all right about it actually and I think I was more shocked than him. He got it wrapped round a stick and put it in a bucket.”
Grateful Max has since paid a visit to Stephen and Adria to thank them for reuniting him with Dobby and he gave them a card, a bottle of wine and some sweets for the couple’s two-year-old son Daniel.
Newminster Middle School pupil Max said: “I was absolutely shocked that we had found him because he had been gone for so long.
“I was really devastated that I lost him and I’m not going to let him go missing again.”
Max, who lives with parent Mark and Amanda and siblings Alex, 11, and seven-year-old twins Ruby and Emma, is now enjoying introducing Dobby to his other snake, George, which was bought for him after Dobby’s disappearance.
Andrew Douglas, part-owner of Dragons Den Exotic Pets in Morpeth where Max bought Dobby from, said corn snakes were placid creatures and not to be feared.
He said: “Corn snakes are an American species and with living in a house it’s probably a similar climate to what they would get in America. They wouldn’t survive outside in this country.
“Because they are so thin, they are able to get through a lot of small holes and crevices and you would be quite surprised what food they would be able to find around the house.
“When corn snakes are young they feed on pinkie mice but as they get bigger they start on larger mice so it’s safe to say Dobby was probably doing a bit of pest control while he was missing.”