When Olabisi Titilayo came home from work one evening recently, she noticed that the lights had been left on, and the cupboards left open in her apartment, which was strange and unusual. As she investigated further, she had the fright of her life when she realized her Montreal Apartment had been broken into. Not by a person, but by a snake!
Titilayo, who lives in Cote-des-Neiges, Montreal, had the surprise of her life when she found the giant python slithering around her house in the middle of the night, after her shift at work.
According to reports from CTV Montreal, her jaw dropped when she saw the snake. “I was looking, shivering...what is this?” she said.
Unsure what to do next, Titilayo ran upstairs to find her neighbour, who armed himself with a pair of gardening shears. The video of the snake can be seen here. When the snake got aggressive and tried to attack them, Titilayo said they felt that they had no choice but to kill the creature. They managed to put the giant body of the snake into a garbage bag, but then the strangest thing happened.
A man appeared at Titilayo’s apartment, claiming to be the owner of the snake. The man, who said the snake was his pet, took the garbage bag away and left.
If the whole story was not bizarre enough at this point, Titilayo has now said that she thinks the reason the lights were on and cupboards were open at her apartment that night, was because potential tenants had come round with a landlord to view the apartment, since she is preparing to move out.
She thinks that one of the people that had come to view her apartment had taken the snake along with them, and accidentally, or maybe even deliberately, left it behind. She said “I am still wondering why someone's pet would be in my own kitchen, would be in my own apartment. And I believe the snake has no wings to open the cabinet.”
According to initial reports, the snake was able to be identified by veterinarian technician, Rose Boutin, who confirmed the snake in the video captured by the tenant was a python. “The ones that we see the most are ball pythons, so mostly could be one of that species,” she said, adding that it is non-venomous.
That said, Pythons do rely on constriction to kill their prey, and are known for swallowing their kill whole, which does not sound like a pleasant way to go!
Perhaps we will never have definite answers to how the snake ended up in the tenant’s apartment, and who the man was that showed up to take away the dead snake. However, the experience has obviously been way too weird for Olabisi Titilayo, who is now looking forward to moving out next month.
If there’s anything to be learned from this strange story, next time you show your home to potential tenants, make sure they haven’t brought their pet snake along for the visit!
CTV Montreal reports that the landlord didn't return their calls to speak about the slithery situation.
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