Pensioner finds snake under bed
A 65-year-old found a three-foot snake under a bed in a spare room at her home in Mountrath, Co Laois. Widower Margaret O'Brien, of Fr O'Connor Crescent, thought it was a grandchild's toy but was horrified when it began to move.
Her nephew and his friends managed to bag the snake before contacting the ISPCA and gardai. Investigations led them to a house where a further three snakes and six terrapins were located.