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Albino Boa Constrictor Discovered in Fort Worth Goodwill Donations

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Any number of items can be found donated to Goodwill Industries over the course of its operations in Texas, but one, in particular, takes the cake – well, it would if it was hungry enough. An albino boa constrictor was found at the sorting center for Goodwill Industries in Fort Worth on Thursday, November 1, making the worker just a little bit leery.

“I was tipping this machine, and when I brought the bin back the snake was hanging over the edge. I was a little freaked out and thinking this cannot be fake; it’s gotta be real,” Tassy Rodgers, explained to nbcphiladelphia.com. Rodgers works in donation processing in the Fort Worth center. It’s believed that the snake was dropped off at one of the city’s donation sites as opposed to the concept that it somehow found its own way into the sorting center. But this theory would require that the snake had to go through a number of steps to wind up where it was found. “I just don’t know what the context is of how this snake got to us,” said James Murphy, Goodwill assistant manager. In the meantime, the boa constrictor is being cared for by the staff of Goodwill until its owner can be found or until a permanent home is arranged.

Albino Boa Constrictor Discovered in Fort Worth Goodwill Donations

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Having prior experience both owning and caring for exotic animals, including snakes, Murphy was prepared to assist with the boa constrictor as opposed to panicking. When the staff made him aware of the situation, he stepped in to help the creature. He explained that constrictors are extremely strong. If the snake had wanted to remain in the bin, the process of removing him would have proved difficult and could’ve resulted in injuries to the snake. Murphy was able to coax the snake into slithering, relaxing his muscles until Murphy was successful in removing him from the bin.