A Man's Missing Snake Turned Up In A Couch He Donated To Goodwill
When you buy your sofa at a thrift store, there's an understanding that it's gonna come with a few extras -- stray pocket change, fossilized Cheetos, a small mountain of pet hair, etc. What you probably don't expect to find is a full pet inside, especially one that looks like this:
The one with scales, not the one with the beard.
In November 2018, Austin Pair was in the process of moving, and he donated his old sofa to a Goodwill store in Fort Worth, Texas. On a totally unrelated note, he'd lost his albino red-tailed boa Toki some six months earlier while he was away on vacation (let he who has never misplaced a three-foot-long reptile cast the first stone). Despite checking every cupboard and presumably being very careful while going to the bathroom for a while, Pair was never able to find Toki, so he assumed the snake had ditched him for good. And he absolutely didn't see any boas around when he packed up ... or when he donated his couch.
Meanwhile, a Goodwill employee named James Murphy was moving a donated sofa when he spotted a rather large snake crawling out of it. Having experienced the concept of "furniture," Murphy quickly realized that wasn't supposed to be there. It seems Toki had holed up under Pair's butt cushions for half a year, and when he donated the couch, he unknowingly donated the snake as well.
Murphy himself happened to be a snake owner, so instead of screaming and looking for a sharp object, he took Toki home. A local news station ran the story, and a friend of Pair was like, "Hey, that's probably yours." That hunch turned out to be correct, and the two were reunited. On the other hand, every other Forth Worth resident who'd recently misplaced an albino boa and donated a couch to Goodwill was probably crushed.
Police Helped A Homeless Man Find His Missing Rat In A City Of Millions
While most of us probably consider not having a rat to be a good thing, one particular rodent managed to cause quite a stir with her absence. Her name was Lucy, and she wasn't your garden-variety city rat. She was the beloved pet of a homeless man named Chris, and the two were fixtures of downtown Sydney life. But then one day, he went to take a leak and came back to find her gone. But what are you gonna do? Call the cops on a missing rat? Well ... yeah.