Horrified Brit finds giant creepy snake living in dead aunts kitchen sink

A dad was left in a panic after he found a large snake in his late aunt's kitchen sink.

Paul Lawrie, 53, had gone to check in on the property on Market Street in Musselburgh, near Edinburgh, with his daughter Abigail Lawrie on Saturday afternoon (January 7), as he had been doing since his relative's death in December, the Daily Record reported.

While sorting through his aunt's possessions he peered into the kitchen sink and spotted what he initially thought was a toy.

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But upon closer inspection the pair realised the snake was, in fact, real – and after touching the reptile to confirm it wasn't a model Paul "immediately" backed away.

Case maintenance technician Paul said: "It was my daughter who asked me why my aunt had a toy snake in her sink. It didn't look real so I touched it but that's when I knew it was the real deal.

"My daughter freaked out. She doesn't like them at all. It's all well and good being told they're not venomous but you're still scared they might bite you.

"The last time I saw a snake was in the zoo 30 years ago. It was quite the shock to see it in my aunt's kitchen basin!"

Paul contacted the Scottish SPCA (Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) and an inspector was sent out, who quickly confirmed the scaly beast had made its home in Paul's aunt's kitchen.

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The organisation quickly removed the snake from the property.

Paul continued: "The inspector said it wouldn't have been there for long because it was still fat and healthy-looking.

"She picked it up and put it in a pillowcase, I didn't want to handle it at all. There was no chance I was going anywhere near it."

The mystery of who the snake belongs to, however, remains unsolved.

Paul posted about his strange encounter with the snake on a local Facebook group, but nobody claimed the critter.

"The inspector knocked on some doors on her way out to see if it belonged to anyone but I took it and she didn't get an answer," Paul added. "I put it on social media, too, to see if it stirred any interest, but no one has claimed it."

Senior Animal Rescue Officer Sarah Auldsmith told the Daily Star: "The Scottish SPCA was contacted on 7 January regarding a corn snake that had been found in a kitchen of a property in Market Street, Musselburgh.

"I attended the address and, after enquiring with neighbouring properties for more information, removed the snake from the premises. The animal was then taken to one of our centres where they will be cared for while we try to reunite them with their owner.

"If anybody finds themselves in a similar situation we would ask them to call our helpline on 03000 999 999."

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