GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — A woman who brought home a secondhand couch left on the curb in western Michigan says she ended up finding a boa constrictor apparently living under the cushions.
Holly Wright tells WZZM-TV that the couch had been in her Grand Rapids bedroom for about two months before the "very lethargic" snake emerged over the weekend.
Wright says the couch was along the curb with a free sign in front of it. She didn't think twice about bringing it home.
"We smelled it and everything -- it looked OK. We peeled off the cushions, cleaned it up, never saw anything," Wright said.
Over the weekend, that changed when the snake emerged from inside the couch.
"It was very lethargic," says Wright. "It didn't really react or hiss, but when we poked it with a coat hanger it coiled up a little bit, so at that point we flipped the couch over."
Wright said they intended to take the snake to an animal expert to nurse it back to health, but unfortunately it died before she could.
"Funny, my room almost feels a little empty now. It's been really sad actually to realize all this time I was in proximity to that animal (that) was probably suffering."
The Associated Press