HUEYTOWN, Ala., July 9 (UPI) -- A worker at an Alabama construction office found something much worse than an unflushed toilet when he used the bathroom during a break and discovered a four-foot venomous snake.
"So when I was going to use the restroom, I see a snake around the commode and I'm thinking it was a joke," Willie Harris told local reporters. He realized the snake was no fake when it began to flail and slither.
"I pulled the door back a little bit and I said 'wow!'"
Harris' boss immediately called police and Officer Alice Thompson responded with fellow officers.
"He said 'I don't think you understand how big this is,'" Thompson said of Harris' warnings.
"I said 'OK.' He said 'I have a picture of it.' I said 'Well, by all means, let us see. It was so much bigger in person."
Rather than kill the dangerous animal, Thompson concocted a plan to safely return it to the wild.
"She had a baton, and she grabbed the other guy's baton. And she grabbed the snake by the head," Harris explained.
"I was holding it actually on the corners of the mouth where the mouth was actually open at the time," Thompson clarified. "Which for me that was actually the first time I'd ever seen fangs that were folded back in a snake."
Then, as her two male counterparts watched and Harris called her "crazy," Thompson carried the snake like a lone noodle from chopsticks back to the wild.
"I said 'Lord have mercy.'"