August 12, 2009

Missing boa turns up at laundromat

A worker at a New York City laundromat said she was shocked when what she thought was a toy 4-foot-long boa constrictor behind a stack of clothes began to move.

Erika Vega, 27, said she didn't think much of the snake behind the clothes she was preparing to wash until it revealed itself to be the real thing by slithering, the New York Post reported Wednesday.

It's alive! It's alive! Vega recalled herself as screaming.

Animal control officers reunited the 9-pound boa, Slinky, with its owner, Sury Leguisamon, 17, who lives in an apartment above the West 110th Street laundromat.

Leguisamon said the snake had escaped from her apartment five months ago.

I missed her a lot, she said.