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Missing snake 'found under bath'

An eight-foot snake that went missing in Whitehaven was reportedly found under the bath in the same room.

Mufasa the boa constrictor hadn't been seen for nearly two weeks after his disappearance on 18 September.

The snake's owner thought it had escaped down the toilet, but was woken up to a "thud" this morning, and found Mufasa in the bathroom.

Mufasa the boa constrictor. Credit: Cumbria Police

Missing boa constrictor found in Whitehaven

The snake. Credit: Cumbria Police

An eight-foot long snake that escaped in Whitehaven has now been found.

Police have confirmed the boa constrictor was found by its owner at the property on North Row, Kells.

It was reported missing at 6:58pm on the 18 September 2015.

The snake, called Mufasa, is owned by Louise Rogers and Becky Coulter, who posted a Facebook message announcing his return:

Startled awake to a massive thud coming from bathroom, wake up Lou to go check it out to be told MUFASA'S BACK! so happy."

– Becky Coulter on Facebook


Boa constrictors not poisonous but can be deadly

Boa constrictors are non-poisonous, but can be deadly. Their jaws are lined with small hooked teeth for catching and holding their prey.

The snake can then wrap their muscles around their prey and squeeze it until it suffocates.

Small boas will eat anything from birds and lizards to frogs.

Larger species will eat monkeys, pigs and even deer, by stretching their jaws wide enough to swallow their prey whole.

Although they can swim, they prefer to stay on dry land where they can live in abandoned burrows and hollow logs.

They're typically found in tropical Central and South America, but are exported all over the world.

They can grow up to 13 feet in length and can weigh more than seven stone.

Public warned not to approach snake

The eight-foot long snake escaped whilst being cleaned Credit: Cumbria Police

Members of the public are being warned not to approach an eight-foot snake if spotted.

The boa constrictor escaped from a property in Kells, Whitehaven, on Friday evening whilst being cleaned.

Police say the snake does not pose an immediate risk to the public, but that if anyone spots it they should contact the police immediately on 101.


Protest planned for West Cumberland Hospital opening

The new West Cumberland Hospital. Credit: ITV Border

Protestors will demonstrate outside the new West Cumberland Hospital in Whitehaven, when it opens to the public for the first time.

Public open days are scheduled for September 24 and 25, and the leader of campaign group We Need West Cumberland Hospital says they have organised a demonstration on Thursday 24.

The group is against the transfer of services, and patients, to other hospitals, like the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle.

Siobhan Gearing, the campaign leader, says the NHS Trust still isn't listening to them:

We want to show that the public are still here, and we need to be taken into consideration.

The Trust are still not listening to the needs of the public, who are affected by changes to West Cumberland Hospital and the Cumberland Infirmary.

W want service users to come along and show that we need the services we once had, and for the Trust to say publicly that they are willing to make changes for the good of West Cumbria."

– Siobhan Gearing, campaign leader

Beacon expansion 'will benefit community'

The Beacon Museum in Whitehaven Credit: ITV Border

The £1.4 million expansion of the Beacon Museum begins today, and Copeland's mayor says it'll be a big asset to the wider community:

It has been an honour to break ground to herald the start of this major project which will bring a much needed conference facility to the centre of Whitehaven.

The expansion brings great, new opportunities to Copeland, to host exhibitions and events which previously would not have been able to come to this part of the North West. It will be an asset to business, the arts and education which will benefit the wider community.

The development will also support the Beacon Museum to achieve the business goal of self-sustainable, through increasing the opportunities for commercialisation - creating the revenue to sustain this important building, archive and museum service.

The new development will offer more prestigious, significant and diverse exhibitions which will attract more visitors to Copeland, helping to further boost the local economy.”

– Mayor of Copeland, Mike Starkie
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