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Escaped snake found in Walthamstow temple
The hunt is on for the owner of a snake discovered in a temple.
Master Wang, master of the I-Kuan Tao temple in Orford Road, Walthamstow, spotted the brightly-coloured red corn snake slithering down the stairs on Wednesday.
The red corn snake can grow up to six feet in length and swallow prey such as rats and birds whole.
Master Wang, whose wife suffers from a snake phobia, managed to entice the animal into a plastic bottle, which he pierced with air holes and filled with food before calling the RSPCA.
Mrs Wang has a phobia of snakes, forcing her to stay upstairs all day.
The snake was then taken to a specialist reptile centre where it will live until the owner or a new home is found.
Jasmin Ong, 35, was attending a feng shui class at the temple on Wednesday and identified the snake before putting posters up around the area appealing for information.
“It was a bit of a shock. The temple master’s wife is terrified of snakes so she had to stay upstairs all day,” she said.
I-Kuan Tao is a non-religious temple which shares teaching from Taoism, Buddhism and Confucianism, as well as running classes on yoga and feng shui.
If you have any information, call the RSPCA on 0300 1234 999.
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