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Ingrid, 65, finds 3 metre boa on her balcony

Caroline Bursell · 16 Aug 2011, 14:51

Published: 16 Aug 2011 14:51 GMT+02:00

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“I looked down and saw something I didn’t recognise, and I realised it was a snake,” 65-year-old Ingrid Wassberg told The Local.

Wassberg, who resides in Karlstad in central Sweden, was watching television when she noticed it had started to rain.

“I thought I'd better go outside and save the seat cushions from getting wet,” she said.

But soon after she stepped foot on her balcony, Wassberg noticed the unfamiliar animal curled up underneath a table, prompting her to rush back inside.

“I ran indoors at first and peeked at it from inside,” she said.

“Then I went out carefully again a few times to make sure that it really was, in fact, a snake.”

Anticipating that the boa might leave at any time, Wassberg nevertheless mustered up enough courage to snap a few pictures as proof for the police, which she called within minutes of stumbling across the sizeable serpent.

Shortly thereafter, four police officers arrived at Wassberg's apartment to assess the situation and stand guard for the next two hours while they waited for an animal expert to arrive.

The handler then removed the boa from Wassberg's flat and transported it to a local pet store where it is currently being held until the owner can be identified.

Though representatives from building management company Karlstads Bostads AB have been knocking on doors in the neighborhood, the owners of the reptile have yet to be found.

“I keep my balcony windows open at night, but I don’t think the snake came from below,” said Wassberg.

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“I live on the second floor, so I believe it may have come in from another apartment on the same floor.”

According to Wassberg, nothing of the sort has happened to friends or neighbours of hers in the past, and she doesn’t know anyone that owns a boa constrictor.

“I don’t really like snakes, so it was a relief when it was taken away, but I checked for more snakes here just in case,” she said.

“I've gone around and looked and have not seen any, so it’s a bit of a mystery.”

Caroline Bursell (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

15:06 August 16, 2011 by Svensksmith
Good thing Ingrid has a strong heart.
15:14 August 16, 2011 by Tysknaden
She can be happy, it wasn't a hedgehog. Otherwise she would have to pay a fine.
15:17 August 16, 2011 by StockholmSam
Should be easy enough to discover who the idiot is that owned this thing in a city apartment.
15:22 August 16, 2011 by SimonDMontfort
Boa on the balcony...? helluva security system..Lol!
15:28 August 16, 2011 by karex
I disagree with the lady's asessment that it couldn't have come from below. As far as I know, boas are fond of climbing up trees and other tall places and just wait for their next meal to walk by below them and then they just drop themselves on their victims, as they are normally a lot slower than mst of their prey and therefore cannot chase after and catch anything.

In any case, what a scare, poor lady...
15:49 August 16, 2011 by Nemesis
Looks like a good meal dropped in.

If that had happened to me, it would have been skinned, gutted, boned and in the freezer in 30 minutes. They cook up really well. The meat is beautiful.
16:00 August 16, 2011 by muscle
damnit, what was the nationality of the boa?
16:10 August 16, 2011 by Mzungu
Dam it!..... Global warming is more advanced than anticipated....
16:11 August 16, 2011 by conboy
could it sing små grodorna?
19:52 August 16, 2011 by Svensksmith
What kind of wine goes well with boa, Nemesis?
20:28 August 16, 2011 by lovedealer76

I agree with you,they should find out which nationality this illegal immigrant reptile is and get it immidiately ready for deportation,for illegal entry and scarring of the poor woman damn! i hate snake and cat
21:29 August 16, 2011 by tuerd1982
The police should identify the owner and heavily punish that bastard.
01:01 August 17, 2011 by Dildo
deport the snake swede !
06:58 August 17, 2011 by Skipdallas
I would think a dry white wine would be appropriate for Baked Boa on a bed of rice and mushrooms. Mind you: a three meter bed!
07:26 August 17, 2011 by Lemon1987

yep, people are omnivorous greedy-guts.They should probably eat their own shoes if they could;)
09:26 August 17, 2011 by Ankinette
Are we "elderly" at 65 in Sweden?!! ;-)
17:17 August 19, 2011 by tadchem
A lot of good chili meat on a 3-meter boa...
21:43 August 19, 2011 by eovti
If I had found a snake on my veranda I would have done the only sensible thing: Started running around in circles, screaming!

I have this phobia about snakes, big or small.

But I like to remind myself it's a phobia I share with Indiana Jones :-D
16:19 August 20, 2011 by Nikki Lindqvist
Elderly? At 65? Are you kidding?!? Who wrote this, a 12-year-old?!?!?
08:05 September 3, 2011 by Arahant
It was Ingrid's own boa and she wanted to get rid of it...She was too afraid to throw it in the waste or anywhere. It could ve been dangerous!
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