More Amazing Things People Leave Behind (Part 2)

by Jon on October 8, 2010

One more category of “things” often left behind is most disturbing and usually very sad: PETS.  Pets are helpless and cannot be left unattended for an 18-day waiting period; they must be taken care of immediately.  I don’t understand how anyone could leave one of them behind.

One time I was changing the locks on a property in Fallbrook.  The former occupants had a marijuana farm inside their garage complete with all the necessary grow-lighting and hydroponics.  The special room they built inside the garage to contain this secret farm was designed to be difficult to get in and out of but to look like a normal garage from the outside.  When these folks heard that the Sheriff was going to show up on their doorstep to evict them, they didn’t wait around – they fled in a hurry.  So naturally they left a lot of stuff behind to be dealt with.  As I was checking out the place, I passed a glass aquarium.  At first I didn’t think anything about it, because it looked empty and nothing was moving in it.  But when I looked closer, what I had thought was a rock at first, turned out to be a python all curled up in a ball lying there dead still!  I thought it was dead in fact.  I felt bad for him that he had no food or water and thought he’d probably died of thirst or hunger.  But just to be sure, I looked around and found a bottle of water and sprinkled some on him.  To my absolute surprise, he jerked when the water hit him.  So he was alive, but probably really thirsty at the very least.  So I filled a bowl full of water that was in the aquarium; then went about my business of changing the locks.  When I came back later to check on the snake, I was gratified to find that he had indeed appreciated the water and was now stretched out along the bottom of his glass cage.  I took a few photos of him and then called the property manager to report the situation and recommended that he try to find a home for this beautiful creature.  I’m happy to report to you that he did just that – someone was very happy indeed to take it home and take care of it.

Python Left Behind

Python Left Behind

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stacy November 19, 2010 at 11:27 pm


The Nokes October 12, 2010 at 5:46 pm

You never know what you’re going to find, do you? Makes things interesting, I suppose. I’m happy the snake found a new home, and the snake is lucky you’re a compassionate person that cared enough to give it water and inform the right person to find it a new home. Great job!

Seroogy October 11, 2010 at 7:49 pm

I like this one. It’s got a good ending. Been through many similar situations that didn’t end up so nice.

Snake or not, thanks for thinking of his welfare when you weren’t obligated to do so.

Sandi October 8, 2010 at 4:03 pm

OOOOHHH! That gives me the heebie jeebies!!

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