Owner reunited with snake lost in van for five months

Gavin Burnett was reunited with his pet snake Mushu this afternoon.

A snake who has been missing in a van for more than five months was today reunited with his owner.

Mushu, a corn snake, escaped from a tied-up pillowcase while it was being transported by Gavin Burnett in the Hertz rental van in June.

It was never seen again – until yesterday, when a couple got the shock of their lives and Mushu reappeared as they drove through Seaton.

Mushu quickly disappeared in the van and since yesterday staff at the SSPCA centre in Drumoak have been removing internal panels to try to trace it.

Just after lunchtime today, however, they finally had success and found Mushu hiding in a door panel.

SSPCA animal rescue officer Kyle McWhirr said: “Obviously finding a snake in a van can be a bit disturbing – but it’s not uncommon to find snakes in unusual places!

“Snakes are notorious escape artists. They’re very clever and can figure out how to manipulate locks so owners have to be careful to ensure their vivarium’s are secure.

“Unfortunately we were unable to locate the snake on site, even with the help of an engineer. The van was then towed to our Animal Rescue and Rehoming Centre here in Drumoak where we have been trying to lure her out.

“This story thankfully has a happy ending. Mushu, the corn snake, made an appearance this afternoon after living in a van for five months.”

Mushu’s owner Gavin said, “We had been in the process to moving to Glasgow back in June when she went missing. When we couldn’t find her we stripped the van and put it back together about three times, left bait and water to try and get her to come out.

“After about six days and no sign we just assumed she had escaped from the van altogether.

“It was such a shock to find out she had been spotted in the van and we can’t wait to get her back home.”