A worker at the Goodwill Industries of Fort Worth was sorting donations when she came across one of the more bizarre items donated over the years: a Burmese python.
“I was tipping this machine, and when I brought the bin back the snake was hanging over the edge,” Tassy Rodgers, the Goodwill employee who first discovered the python, told NBC 5 in Dallas/Fort Worth. “I was a little freaked out and thinking this cannot be fake; it’s gotta be real.”
It was definitely real, and the belief is that somebody dropped it off as a donation, be it intentional or unintentional, at one of the 38 donation centers in the Fort Worth area.
“I just don’t know what the context is of how this snake got to us,” Goodwill assistant manager James Murphy told NBC 5. “There are multiple steps this snake had to take to get here.
“I don’t know if someone may have [dropped it off] maliciously. Maybe they wanted to get rid of it and weren’t quite sure how, or maybe it just wanted to get warm. It was in a pile of clothing.”
Fortunately Murphy has had previous experience handling snakes, so he handled the job of getting the python into a holding bin.
“With pythons, they’re very strong and they are constrictors,” he told NBC 5. “So if he didn’t want to let go of that bin, it would have been hard to get him off without hurting him. So, we tried to coax him to start slithering, to relax his muscles and that’s when I started holding him. Eventually he relaxed enough for me to get him in that bin.”
The plan was for the Goodwill staff to care for the python until the rightful owner was found.
Photo courtesy of Goodwill Industries.