(WBRC/CNN) — A bathroom break for one worker at an Alabama construction office ended with an unexpected scare.
Willie Harris discovered a four-foot long snake coiled in the toilet.
He couldn’t believe his eyes. “I’m thinking it was a joke.”
But once Harris saw the snake move a few times, he knew this was no laughing matter. “I pulled the door back a little bit and I said ‘wow!'”
Harris said his boss then called 9-1-1, and luckily help wasn’t far behind.
Officer Alice Thompson said she quickly devised a strategy to get rid of the reptile, while at the same time, not harming it.
“She had a baton,” Harris said, “and she grabbed the other guy’s baton, and she grabbed the snake by the head.”
“I was holding it actually on the corners of the mouth, where the mouth was actually open at the time,” Thompson said, “which was actually the first time I’d ever seen fangs that were folded back in a snake.”
While all of this was happening, Thompson’s two male partners, as well as the construction workers, were huddled in a corner, watching.
Thompson then carried what she believed to be a poisonous cottonmouth out of the bathroom and hopped in the back of her partners’ squad car.
They then drove just down the road, where Thompson released the snake back into the wild, unharmed.
You could say it was the creature’s lucky day, because if anyone other than Officer Thompson showed up, it would have definitely been a different outcome.
“Nah, he’d been dead,” Harris said.