Here's How to Thwart the USPS From Its Mission

An 8-foot boa constrictor on this Kansas mailbox seemed to do the trick
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 19, 2018 9:00 AM CDT
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Rain, snow, sleet, even barking dogs are fine, but a Kansas postal worker had to draw the line when he found an eight-foot-long red tail boa constrictor draped over a mailbox. The letter carrier was delivering mail Friday in Overland Park, a Kansas City suburb, when he spotted the huge snake on the mailbox of a front porch, the Kansas City Star and the AP report. The letter carrier called animal control. It took three officers to wrangle the reptile, which was taken to an animal rescue center.

Police spokesman John Lacy says the snake probably escaped from a nearby home, and was hopeful the owner would report it missing. As for the letter carrier, he didn't stick around. The Overland Park Police Department tweeted, "The poor resident did not receive their mail today (obviously)." Further, "The @OPPD_PIO is trying to talk the Animal Control Officers to put the snake under the @OPPD_Chief desk, but they won't." (Sometimes you just want to check your car's fluid levels without reptilian assistance.)

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