Python plays hard to get

By Martin Neville

Published on Friday, November 23, 2012 - 14:57


Python plays hard to get

Tracey Fly with her snake, Jake, after being removed from the car.

A CAR mechanic on the Isle of Wight faced his own bushtucker trial when he was called to deal with a particularly slippery 'customer’.

Unlike many of the contestants on I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here, Scott Wheale, from SW Vehicle Body Repair, Sandown, kept his cool after coming face to face with a two-foot royal python, which had escaped inside a car.

The snake, named Jake, had slithered from his box and made himself at home behind the dashboard.

Despite desperate attempts by owner Tracey Fly to coax him out using a heater, Jake refused to budge.

Scott was able to remove the dashboard and gently unravelled the snake who, though slightly cold, was not any the worse for his ordeal.

Scott said: "It was like something from one of those American weirdest videos shows. It was the most bizarre call-out I’ve ever had.

"When we took the dash out and got to the bit behind the speedo, you could clearly see him wrapped around the heating pipe."

Tracey, 21, had taken Jake out to show her grandparents and was back at home in Ventnor when she discovered he had escaped in transit.

She said: "I dashed out to the car just to see his tail disappearing behind the car’s foot pedals.

"I couldn’t call anybody out because it was late at night. I was just panicking. All weekend I was trying to get him out using heat mats and heaters.

"Luckily, Scott was able to get him out safely."



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