Brewery technician finds 5ft snake in pub’s beer cooler

A brewery technician called out to fix a beer cooler at a Warwickshire pub got a bit more than he bargained for when, what he thought was algae, turned out to be a 5ft long snake.

As reported by Birmingham Live, Paul Guild, 49, was called out to the New Swan pub in Atherstone to fix a faulty beer cooler.

When he went to inspect the remote cooler in the pub’s cellar, he found the snake wrapped around a pump inside the water bath.

Guild said: “I looked at the water bath inside the cooler and it looked like there was some green algae.

“I gave it a pull and it moved! I jumped out of my skin, then thought I was seeing things. So I checked it with the torch on my phone and it was a snake.

“I went upstairs to call our Health and Safety team to make a report – I think it is the first time anyone has reported a snake incident – it’s usually a mild electric shock, or getting covered in beer!

“I don’t mind spiders and things, but I really don’t like snakes!”

Emma Campbell, 43, co-owner of the pub in question still isn’t sure how the snake got into the cooler.

She said: “We did have a resident who had a corn snake, and he left weeks ago, so it could have been his.

“But the animal welfare people who collected it said that it could have come in from outside – apparently they can slip in and out quite easily”.

The snake was confirmed to be non-venomous and a corn snake.

It’s not only in pubs where snakes are making a name for themselves. Earlier this year, a tiger snake was captured on camera as it completed a daring balancing act by slithering along the top wire of a fence at a Tasmanian vineyard.

Meanwhile, in 2016, a disgruntled customer abandoned a 13ft python at a sushi restaurant in retribution after he was asked to leave by staff.

In a bizarre turn of events, in 2013, a woman in northern China had to receive hospital treatment after a snake preserved in rice wine jumped out of the bottle and bit her hand.

Finally, in fake snake news, in the same year, a viral story about a python eating a drunk man in India has turned out to be a hoax as it was found that the snake in question was also accused of eating people in China, South Africa, Malaysia and Indonesia.

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One Response to “Brewery technician finds 5ft snake in pub’s beer cooler”

  1. David Smith says:

    Back in 2000 I was in a Taco Bell in Los Angeles when someone came in trying to sell a very large python. The staff were somewhat freaked out!

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