Snake's on a train?

There are so many "cat missing" signs adorning Brockley lamp-posts that we've always been surprised no-one's ever sent us a request to help find their lost pets. Until now.

Friend of BC, Muireann writes:

One of my neighbours (near Crofton Park station, flats above shop parade on west side of Brockley road opposite Mr Lawrence) has lost his pet snake! 'Flea' escaped in the early hours of Tuesday through the front flat window and hopefully has not strayed too far. My neighbour stresses that while quite large, Flea is harmless and has no fangs, venom or anything dangerous to be afraid of. The council and the RSPCA have been informed, but if anyone sees Flea please call 07745 215457.

Whether the missing snake and the slew of missing cats are connected is not clear.

35 comments:

Anonymous said...

Counting down to the customary 'Chinese Takeaway' joke...now!

Hugh said...

Nice apostrophe.

mg said...

Aaargh, sorry I mis-typed. Flea's human's mobile is 07745 215457.
Muireann

Anonymous said...

what kind of snake? Quite important when considering locking up ones cat.

tyrhwitt ali said...

I'll be checking under my bed tonight.....

jon s said...
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tj said...

Snake's on a train = Snake is on a train

Apostrophe seems alright to me, Hugh?

drakefell debaser said...

I don’t think it would be a Python as they have fangs and teeth, unless he had some unwanted dental work, it does sound like some sort of a constrictor though. It’s difficult with the weather at the moment but he will probably be basking in a sunny secluded spot at some point not far from where he escaped.

The Cat Man said...

Is this 'snakes on a train' as in 'snakes on a plane'?

Anonymous said...

I'd guess so, yes. :-|

mg said...

Hurrah, all cats can sleep soundly tonight, Flea has been reunited with her owner.

She made her way down from the top floor window to street level, and then across to the station (Nick you were spot on!). A passer-by found her there and took her to the police station. Her owner thanks everyone who looked for her and assures us she will not be escaping again any time soon.

Mid-week excitement over with!

Anonymous said...

A passer-by found her there and took her to the station. Love it! So matter-of-fact!

Anonymous said...

My wife was coming home from New Cross on the 172 (or possibly 171) bus last night and there was someone with a snake in a bag freaking every out!

Same snake I wonder?

Bea said...

I sure hope it was the same snake - hate to think that Crofton Park is inundated by them.

If there's one thing that gives me the heeby jeebies it's snakes.

Brockley Jon said...

How does a snake get all the way across a busy road without a) getting run-over, and b) one of about 100 car drivers that were sure to drive past in that time actually stopping and thinking "hang on, perhaps I should do something about this snake roaming loose along Brockley Road"!? At least there was one good citizen to help her on her way.

Anonymous said...

Maybe it got chopped in half and there are now 2 snakes

Headhunter said...

I think that only works with Earthworms....

The Cat Man said...

My cats wouldn't be frightened by a snake. Winky would eat it or play with it. Tiggy would just look at it as if to say 'what on earth is that?'

But just out of interest, why is there so many missing cat signs? It's abit scary, I mean, how can this happen so often?

Anonymous said...

I had a lovely Chinese last night...

Anonymous said...

It's a Burmese Python. Unless your cats are Jaguars they won't be playing with it. Unless being swallowed whole while still alive means 'playing'.

Andrew Brown said...

If my memory isn't playing tricks with me I think that it is exotic pets, like Flea, that the council's animal welfare people see most of these days.

Apparently - or so the guy that ran that service told me - other boroughs still have feral cats and dogs to worry about, but we've managed to rid our streets of these and now it's missing snakes that are often the cause of concern.

tj said...

Did anyone else catch this story re a Burmese Python on the BBC:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/7582702.stm

It seems that even a jaguar would steer clear - unlike the hapless zookeeper in the article

I'm sure they are not exactly the same species as the one that went missing in Brockley, but...

monkeyboy (in peru) said...

about to head into the jungle tommorow. Snakes AND spiders. about to settle down with a nice cup of cocca tea.

tyrwhitt ali said...

You're in Peru and you're still posting.....

The Cat Man said...

he misses me

Headhunter said...

Coca tea? made with real cocaine? Such a middle class drug... I hope it's organic and locally sourced.

Tamsin said...

Why "Flea" as a name for a snake - which presumably being furless don't have them?
Seems very appropriate in the circumstances though.

A flea and a fly in a flue
Wondered "What shall we do?"
Said the fly "Let us flee."
Said the flea "Let us fly."
So they flew through a flaw in the flue.

Monkeyboy said...

every cafe in peru serves cocca tea - weird. My hostle has a little bowl of leaves on the table to knock up a cuppa, or perhps it´s the pot puri?

drakefell debaser said...

I have a box of coca tea bags at home, it helps with altitude sickness (I realise this is not a common problem in Brockley) and gives you energy so I think you may be drinking quite a lot of it MB. You can chew the leaves as well.

Brockley Kate said...

'Gives you energy' - well, yes ....

drakefell debaser said...

....nah there is not enough cocaine in a few leaves to be of any significance in that respect Kate. Drink a few hundred cups or chew your way through a couple of kilos of leaves and you might get there although you would probably be on the loo for some time. You can also get 'decocainised' tea, just like decaf. Coca Cola uses the extract as well although it is non narcotic.

Headhunter said...

I don't think Coca Cola contains coca any more does it? I heard that they did away with that a long time ago.

drakefell debaser said...

I could be wrong, I know it used to have small traces of cocaine in it but as you say that was done away with in early 1900s. I thought they now supplemented it with a decocainised extract version and added caffeine.

Headhunter said...

Looking at the internet, the 2 principal ingredients of Coca Cola pre 20th century were cocaine and caffeine from coca leaves and kola nuts. It says on the internet that they still use cocaine free coca leaves (and cola nuts) in production today! I think Coca Cola was originally marketed as a pick me up, medicinal drink - the Lucozade or Red Bull of its day

drakefell debaser said...

yeah the tonic of its day that really did give you wings.

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