LODI, N.J. – A Lodi pet store is caring for a python rescued from the side of the Garden State Parkway by a New Jersey State Trooper Friday.
“NJ Exotic Pets in Lodi provided a home for this abandoned girl … Thanks for the folks there for giving us a safe place to house this animal,” the New Jersey State Police announced in a Facebook post.
According to the post, on Friday morning a call came in stating “Bloomfield Trooper to respond for a python dropped in a toll collector's basket at the southbound Essex tolls.”
As it turned out, the snake was not in a toll collector’s basket, but in a broken aquarium on the side of the road near the tolls.
“The good news is our Troops are very well trained, able to handle extremely out of the ordinary calls like this one,” the post states.
Trooper Steven Vallejo “cleverly used his expandable baton as a standard snake tong and his issued leather gloves to keep off all of the slime,” it states.
Neither Trooper Vallejo nor the snake were injured.
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