Hombre Encuentra Una “Serpiente” En Su Váter; Las Autoridades Le Dicen Que No Es Una Serpiente
¿De Dónde Venía?
Paul se rascó la cabeza cuando los agentes empezaron a hacerle preguntas difíciles que no podía responder.
Tenía la sensación de que sus preguntas le estaban incriminando.
Les dijo que la “serpiente” estaba allí una mañana cuando entró en el cuarto de baño. Pero los agentes se miraron antes de decirle que pusiera las manos a la espalda. ¿Qué había descubierto?
No Era Una Serpiente
Suplicó a los agentes que le dejaran marchar; ¿por qué iban a detenerle por encontrar un animal en su retrete?
Pero los agentes no se andaban con chiquitas; las acusaciones iban en serio.
“Lo siento, señor. Esto es por su propio bien hasta que podamos resolver esto”. Dijo uno de los agentes con toda naturalidad. La cabeza de Paul daba vueltas; ¿había encontrado algo que se suponía que no debía?
Familia En Peligro
Paul fue detenido por intervenir e intentar proteger a su familia.
Era una mañana como cualquier otra cuando oyó los gritos de su querida hija.
Subió corriendo las escaleras, dando dos pasos cada vez. Llegó arriba e intentó abrir la puerta del baño de donde procedían los gritos de su hija.
A La Carga
Nada se interpondría en su camino para proteger a su hija, ni siquiera una puerta sólida.
Tras comprobar que estaba cerrada con llave, hizo acopio de unas reservas de fuerza que ni siquiera sabía que tenía.
La adrenalina hizo subir sus músculos y dio un paso atrás antes de cargar con el hombro contra la puerta. Con un fuerte impacto, la puerta se salió limpiamente de sus goznes y cayó al suelo.
Algo Ahí Con Ella
Paul vio a su hija hecha un ovillo en el suelo y algo que salía del retrete hacia ella.
En su estado de adrenalina, no lo cuestionó.
Agarró a la criatura y la arrojó lejos de su hija antes de levantarla y bajar corriendo las escaleras. Desde allí llamó a control de animales y les explicó la situación. Pero fue la policía quien llamó a su puerta.
Paul Harrison amaba su vida. Había renunciado a su chaqueta militar para convertirse en un superpadre de su hija.
Tras dos misiones en Irak, su mujer, Cheryl, le dio la noticia de que estaba embarazada.
Fue entonces cuando supo que tendría que encontrar un trabajo más seguro para que su hija pudiera crecer con un padre a su lado. Pero las cosas no siempre serían tan sencillas.
Después de dejar el ejército con una baja honorable, Paul decidió buscar un trabajo que le permitiera usar las manos.
No era el tipo de persona a la que le gustara estar todo el día sentado en una oficina con traje.
Por suerte, enseguida encontró un trabajo en el sector de las moquetas. El trabajo práctico realmente le hizo sentir que estaba haciendo algo bueno.
Un Buen Hogar
Después de nacer Lily, todo cambió. El duro ex soldado lloró cuando tuvo a su niña en brazos por primera vez.
Aunque tuviera una voluntad de acero, su hija era su debilidad.
Él y Cheryl llevaron a Lily a su casa. Era un buen hogar que estaba preparado para atender todas las necesidades de Lily. Pero un día, todo cambiaría sin motivo aparente.
Los años siguientes pasaron volando mientras Paul y Cheryl veían crecer a su hija a un ritmo vertiginoso.
Pasó por sus terribles dos años y ahora era una niña curiosa de siete años.
Aprovechaba cualquier oportunidad para desmontar lo que le daban para ver cómo funcionaba. A Paul le recordaba a su madre y fue una de las razones por las que se casó con ella. Pero su vida estaba a punto de correr un grave peligro.
Un Día Cualquiera
Una mañana temprano, Pablo se despertó con el sonido de un trueno; parecía que iba a llover.
No dejó que eso le molestara; llevaría a su hija a preescolar y después se iría a trabajar.
Despertó a Lily y le dijo que se duchara antes de bajar a ver qué había preparado su encantadora esposa para desayunar; ella hacía el desayuno mientras él cocinaba la cena.
Paul se sentó en su silla y se zampó tres huevos, dos tiras de bacon y un café grande.
Su mujer sabía cocinar, y era algo de lo que nunca se cansaba.
Pero mientras Paul terminaba de beberse el último café y pensaba en tomarse otra taza, oyó un grito aterrador. Venía del piso de arriba, y sin duda era de Lily.
Corriendo Hacia Allá
Los músculos de Paul se tensaron al oír a su única hija en peligro.
Se levantó tan deprisa que la silla volcó hacia atrás sobre el duro suelo de baldosas y se hizo astillas.
No le importaba la silla, sino lo que le estaba ocurriendo a su preciosa hija. Tenía que llegar hasta ella antes de que lo que fuera que la estaba angustiando le hiciera daño o algo peor.
El entrenamiento militar de Paul se puso en marcha cuando se volvió hacia las escaleras y corrió hacia ellas.
Recordaba que el ejército le había enseñado algunas cosas.
Sus dos años de entrenamiento estaban de repente frescos en su mente, aunque hubieran pasado más de siete años. Toda su experiencia en el manejo de situaciones peligrosas se pondría a prueba.
Sacarla Del Peligro
Recordó los pasos más importantes a la hora de enfrentarse a algo así.
Era encontrar la amenaza, evaluarla si podía, y luego eliminarla a toda costa.
Ni siquiera era un humano mientras subía las escaleras de dos en dos. Era una máquina bien engrasada con una sola misión: sacar a su hijo de peligro lo antes posible.
Averiguar Dónde Estaba
Paul llegó al final de la escalera y miró a su alrededor.
Tenía que averiguar dónde estaba Lily -y la amenaza- para poder deshacerse de ella y sacar a Lily de allí. Miró al fondo del pasillo.
Oyó los gritos procedentes del cuarto de baño donde se suponía que Lily se estaba duchando hacía apenas diez minutos. Qué había salido tan horriblemente mal para que ella estuviera gritando así?
No había tiempo para pensar en lo que podía haber pasado.
El cuerpo de Paul rebosaba de una adrenalina que no había sentido desde Irak mientras avanzaba furioso por el pasillo.
Se sentía igual que cuando asaltaba edificios polvorientos en Oriente Próximo. Pero entonces llegó a su siguiente barrera. Era la puerta del baño, y estaba cerrada.
La Puerta Del Baño
La puerta del baño se interponía entre él y su hija.
Recordó que el agente inmobiliario les había dicho que todas las puertas de la casa eran de roble macizo y que haría falta una bola de demolición para romperlas.
Aun así, no podía permitirse dudar y decidió embestir con todas sus fuerzas contra el obstáculo que tenía delante. Al fin y al cabo, si no lo intentaba, ¿qué le pasaría a su hija?
Sin pensárselo dos veces, Paul cargó contra la puerta con una técnica de brecha que había aprendido de otro soldado.
No tenía equipo, pero valía la pena intentarlo.
La fuerza que reunió para golpear la puerta le hizo sentir como si se estrellara contra hormigón, pero fue la puerta la que cedió primero. Salió volando de sus goznes.
La puerta cayó con estrépito sobre el suelo de baldosas del cuarto de baño y el polvo voló por los aires.
El ex soldado comprobó las esquinas mientras corría hacia la habitación. ¿Dónde estaba Lily?
Vio los sollozos y gritos procedentes del suelo del cuarto de baño. Miró y vio algo que hizo que su corazón se acelerara más que nunca.
Paul corrió hacia su hija y estaba a punto de preguntarle si estaba bien.
Docenas de pensamientos pasaron por su mente. Como padre, le preocupaba que se hubiera golpeado la cabeza con algo.
Explicaciones terribles como una convulsión o incluso algo peor se le pasaron por la cabeza mientras abría la boca para hablar. Pero debería haber comprobado si había una amenaza antes de hacer nada.
Something Behind Her
He was kneeling by her side when he saw something in the corner of his eye.
He whipped around to meet his aggressor and saw something that he would never have believed possible.
He saw a jet-black creature making its way toward him. But the most bizarre part of it all was where it came from. He was almost too frozen to move.
The slithering snake was uncoiling its body from the toilet and onto the floor.
Inch-by-inch, more and more kept coming, and it seemed like the length of the snake was infinite as it got closer.
The snake was making its way towards Paul, but also his daughter. That’s when his parental rage broke through.
He grabbed the creature before it could pounce and threw it with one slick motion into the corner.
The creature landed in the bathtub as Paul grabbed Lily and rushed out of the danger zone and down the stairs.
Now they were safe in the kitchen. But Paul wouldn’t be safe after making his phone call.
A Phone Call
Cheryl was hysterical, demanding to know what was going on.
Paul summarized what had happened before telling her to check their daughter for any bite marks.
A moment later, Paul was calling animal control to get the creature away from his family. But after explaining the situation, they told him it wasn’t a snake. They were sending someone urgently.
In the meantime, Paul and Cheryl checked Lily for any physical trauma but didn’t manage to find a scratch on her.
Cheryl was convinced that she was still in shock from the traumatic event.
But things were far from over. He thought that the hardest part was over. But he had no idea what trouble he would be in when he called Animal Control.
They Would Handle It, Wouldn’t They?
Paul looked back at Lily. He didn’t blame her for being so scared.
Seeing a huge snake climb out of the toilet would have been the stuff of nightmares for any poor seven-year-old girl.
He honestly thought that she was safe now. Animal Control would handle it from here. But if he had known what men would arrive instead of the ones who he called, he would neve rhave picked up the phone.
Not Pest Control
Ten minutes later, Paul heard a vehicle pull up in front of his house.
He expected it to be the animal control service he had called. He was surprised at how diligent and quick they were.
But the validation he was giving them was too good to be true. The people outside of his house were men he didn’t expect to ever encounter. They would have his daughter crying.
Paul’s living room had a window facing the driveway.
It was a habit to check who was there through the curtains. But was the very reason his blood pressure would spike.
As he looked out of the window, he didn’t see boilersuits or the typical animal control van. What he saw made his skin crawl – it was the county sheriff’s department.
Paul’s mind started racing. Why were the police waiting outside of his driveway?
Surely they had found the wrong address?
He didn’t have any kind of criminal history and had always been a model citizen. He was even an ex-soldier, what could they have wanted in an individual like him? He’d know when he answered the door.
Confronting The Officers
Paul came out of the house to confront the officers.
He expected a peaceful resolution but was taken by surprise when the police officers didn’t seem in the mood to talk about things.
The officer’s seemed overly aggressive, something that he wasn’t expecting. But he had no idea how much worse he was about to make things.
“I’ve served my country and I’ve never done any time, so why are you guys here?”
He asked after they started throwing the weight of their badges around. But he made a huge mistake.
Their demeanor changed instantly when they heard that he was an ex-soldier. He thought that maybe they’d be a little more understanding knowing he had served his county. But they did the opposite.
The officers told him that he’d have to put his hands behind his back.
Paul was taken by surprise and could only put his hands up and obey. He all too well what could happen if he didn’t comply.
Why on earth were they doing this to a man who served his country and always obeyed the law? He was about to find out.
After being in handcuffs, the officers told Paul that one of the reasons they cuffed him was because he was coming out of the house in a threatening manner.
The accusation was laughable. He felt something strange building up inside of him.
Something wasn’t right with these officers. Were they new recruits from the precinct? He was about to find out the hard way.
Last Thing He Wanted
Paul shook his head; the last thing he wanted was to have a threatening demeanor.
He explained that it was the adrenaline rush from protecting his daughter.
But then he remembered something that the officer had just said. They told him that there were to reason that they were arresting him. So what was the other reason?
Endangering A Threatened Species
“What’s the other reason?” He asked the officers as they stood around the patrol car.
The officers stared at him for a moment before answering him.
“Well, sir, we were called to make sure that you wouldn’t threaten that endangered species, and it sounds like you did when you threw it.” They said matter of factly. He didn’t understand the allegations.
More Confused Than Ever
Paul was more confused than ever. What did they mean about endangered species?
But he didn’t know that this was only the beginning. They weren’t the only people that would show up at his house.
The people he had originally called arrived moments later. Animal Control went into his house and came back with the snake. They loaded it into their van and left.
Not Any Snake
Animal control went into the house and came back moments later with the black creature in their care.
They put it away and had the decency to explain things to Paul.
“That snake you put in danger is an Eastern Indigo snake. They’re a critically endangered species, and there might be more.”
Paul couldn’t believe what he was hearing.
But when he learned about the allegations against him and what the plumber that arrived was about to do, he’d be fuming.
He watched helplessly as the plumber started walking towards his house with a toolbox in his hand. He thought about his family, who still had no idea what was going on. He had to act fast.
“Stop! My family are in there and have no idea what’s going on!” Paul shouted to the plumber and officers.
But as soon as he did, he saw something that broke his heart into a thousand pieces.
He looked towards the house where the plumber was heading, but he saw something unexpected.
He saw a figure standing in the open doorway to the house.
There were tears rolling down her cheeks as she watched helplessly as her father was handcuffed.
This was something that he never wanted to happen. Ironically, he was only in handfuls because of trying to protect his family. He never wanted his daughter to see him like this.
Anger flooded his system as he started barking at the officers and the plumber.
“Get away from my daughter!” He shouted. An officer approached her, but Cheryl stepped in front of her.
An officer started explaining the situation to his wife, but he could already see the disgust forming on her face. She wasn’t happy at all.
But after five minutes of heated talking, it seemed that Cheryl’s expression turned from anger to defeat.
She took their daughter and moved aside to let the plumber and officer into their house.
What were they going to do there in his house? His wife had context, but he didn’t. It must have been important if she let them in without a fight.
What’s Going On?
“What’s going on?” He pleaded with the officer left behind to watch him.
“Don’t worry, it’ll be over soon, and then we’ll talk about what your sentence will be.
Paul’s heart dropped at the notion that he might be facing time behind bars for what he had done. The animal had come into his house and threatened his family. Why was he going to suffer?
While Paul was detained outside by the police car, Cheryl was helplessly watching as the plumber and his police escort walked up the stairs of their home towards the bathroom.
They hadn’t given her a lot of information about what they were doing.
She followed them and saw that the police officer was blocking her path into the bathroom. The reason stunned her.
Couldn’t Get Close
“Stop, ma’am. I’m afraid I can’t let you get too close.” The officer told her matter of factly.
She couldn’t believe what she was hearing; her husband had been handcuffed outside.
What was this all about? “Why won’t you let me go into my own bathroom? And what is that plumber doing in my house? I need to know now!” She shouted at the officer.
“I’m afraid it’s just too dangerous. The plumber knows what he’s doing, and I’m here to make sure nothing happens to him, got it?”
She hated what she was hearing, but what else was she supposed to do but comply?
He had a badge and gun, after all. She just had to do as she was told.
Hated His Tone Of Voice
Cheryl hated his tone, but her heart sped up a little bit when she heard the word “Dangerous.”
What did he mean by dangerous? Was her daughter in any danger?
They were hiding something from her, but she had no clue what it could have been. The truth was something she never expected.
Sounds Of Plumbing
Back on the street, all Paul could hear was the sound of heavy plumbing coming from his home.
His patience was starting to wear thin as he wondered what they were really doing.
The more he stood with the officer on the street, the more suspicious he felt. After all, he never called the cops; he called animal control. Were these guys really who they said they were?
“What’s your badge number?” Paul said, cutting through the awkward silence he and the officer were having.
“What? Um, I don’t have time to give you that.”
“I’m a rookie and haven’t memorized it yet. My partner’s almost done inside anyway.” The officer replied. It was clear he wasn’t expecting Paul to have half a brain and start asking questions.
In Paul’s mind, that was the only slip-up that was needed. His suspicion felt more justified now.
He had to be quick thinking and fabricate a plan on the fly.
If he could assure himself that his hunch was correct, then he would be able to solve the crisis he was in. But in order to find out the truth, he needed the perfect scheme.
Then it dawned on Paul what he should do. He decided to quiz the officer on more than just his badge number.
“So, how did you guys even find out about what was going on?” He asked without giving away his plan.
The officer shifted his feet and looked back at Paul with a frustrated look on his face. His plan was working.
“Animal Control called us and said that you had an endangered animal on your property.
So now we’re getting it out and taking it away.” The officer said after a moment of hesitation.
Paul leaned back against the cruiser and smiled. He had everything he needed to know, but what was his next move while he was still in cuffs?
Phase two of Paul’s plan hadn’t been thought out yet, but it would have to be airtight in order to work.
Then he thought about all of his favorite detective shows. He didn’t need brute force to get anything done.
He’d have to rely on his intellect and poker face for this to work. He just hoped that the officer would buy it.
A Great Bluff
Paul mustered up all of his courage before looking at the officer and enacting his plan.
“Look, I know what’s really going on here. There’s no need to lie any longer.”
His heart started beating like an Olympic runner going for gold. He knew that one slip-up would just make the man in front of him angry. But back in the house, Cheryl was seeing the hard truth as well.
Inside the house, Cheryl was still arguing with the police officer when the plumber shouted,
“I’ve got them! Let’s get out of here!”
Cheryl watched in horror as the plumber came out of the room, handling more of the snakes. He must have found more of them hiding inside their pipes. But they were small; they were babies!
Cheryl’s skin crawled as they loaded them all into cages and started walking down the stairs toward the front door.
But she hadn’t learned what her husband had.
She had no idea who these men really were and just how dangerous they could be if backed into a corner. But Paul would learn that all too soon outside from his perspective.
Moment Of Truth
Paul’s heart was close to beating out of his chest while he waited for the officer to reply to his accusation.
“You know the truth? And what’s that exactly? He asked in a low tone, as if not wanting anyone else to hear.
Paul had to muster all of his willpower to keep calm and collected when he replied.
I don’t think you’re real officers, and even if you are, you’re dirty ones.
” You’re cutting a deal to take these endangered animals and sell them somewhere shady.”
Paul had told them what he thought in a confident tone. Even if inside, he had to fight back all of his anxiety,
A Clean Getaway
The man was clearly taken aback by what Paul had said.
But just then, he watched as the other “police officer” and “plumber” came out of the house carrying the snakes.
“Well, it looks like my partners are finished. You have a good day, sir.” The “officer” said to Paul. His panicked demeanor changed when he saw that they would have a clean getaway.
Left In A Hurry
The three men got into their vehicles and drove away.
They left in a hurry and didn’t even uncuff Paul. Cheryl ran out to see if he was okay and was only confused when he told her the truth.
“Call the police, the real ones. These men think they got away, but I know something that they don’t.” He said with a smile. He was going to make these poachers regret ever messing with him.
A Real Police Report
The police arrived shortly and uncuffed Paul. He explained everything to them, including all the details they thought he had missed.
He knew that they wouldn’t be on the street for long after telling the police their secret.
That’s what they got for underestimating an ex-soldier who still had some fight left in him,
In My Space
Paul was angry that his home had been invaded like that.
He felt stupid that he let complete strangers into his home.
He replayed the moment in his mind and thought that he shouldn’t have trusted them. He was confused between the fact there could possibly be more snakes and that he needed to get it taken care of as soon as possible.
Fooled By An Outsider
He knew that the men who had come to his house weren’t real animal control officers.
They were imposters, and they were up to no good.
Cheryl called the police, but by the time they arrived, the men were long gone. They had left no trace behind, and it seemed like they well on their way.
I Think I’m Right
Paul’s suspicions were confirmed when the men left, and he realized that they had stolen something from his home.
Cheryl immediately called the cops and reported the theft but she didn’t know how to describe it over the phone, “They stole snakes from our bathroom, no ma’am this is not a prank.”
The operator didn’t believe her, she was getting frustrated.
What World Is This
As Paul tried to make sense of what had happened, he started to piece together a theory.
He realized that one of the men who had come to his house was actually a dirty employee of animal control.
His name was Carlos, and he had been working with poachers to sell rare snakes on the black market. That’s why he let them in, he looked familiar.
The cops arrived and Paul showed them what happened. The cops took a statement of the vehicle and pursued them, but they couldn’t find them.
Paul knew that one of the men was actually working for animal control, but he was a dirty employee named Carlos.
But he didn’t know if he should tell the police, they might think he was in on it.
Conveniently Left Out
Paul didn’t mention Carlos in the statement and the police promised to do everything they could to catch the imposters.
They searched the area for the men and their vehicle, but they came up empty-handed.
It was as if they had vanished into thin air. They said they would keep looking, it gave Cheryl and the kids some peace.
Paul was horrified by what he had discovered.
He had always thought of animal control as a trustworthy organization, but now it seemed that they had been compromised by corruption.
He knew that he had to do something to stop them. Should he call animal control himself? Or should he take the matter into his own hands?
I Should Have Known
Paul felt silly. He was an animal lover and he should have known how rare it was to find creatures such as those.
Carlos had realized how much money they could make from the rare Eastern Indigo Snake and had called his poacher friends.
Paul knew he had to do something about this before it was too late.
Let’s Do This
Paul felt that he had to do the right thing. He contacted the police again and gave them all the information he had about Carlos and his poacher friends.
They took his information seriously and immediately alerted animal control about the employee.
They wanted his address and contact details so they could bring him in for questioning.
You Need To Know
Paul provided the police with all the information he had about Carlos, and they alerted the animal control about the employee.
He told them that he had only just realized that one man had been there before.
They wanted his address and contact details, but when they searched his apartment, he wasn’t there. Of course, he wasn’t going to hang around waiting to be caught.
It Could Be Too Late
Paul was worried that Carlos and his poacher friends had already taken the rare snake and were on their way to sell it on the black market.
He knew a few people in the underground poaching world.
He met them when he was breeding dogs. He decided to take matters into his own hands and went searching for Carlos.
The next day, animal control searched Carlos’s apartment again, but he wasn’t there.
His boss said he never arrived to work the next day either. He was missing for 3 days now. They last saw him get into a black SUV after work.
They found evidence of his involvement in the poaching ring, including photos of rare snakes and text messages discussing their sale.
My Own Plan
While the police were trying to locate Carlos. Paul was taking a road off the beaten track.
He knew a secret pathway that poachers used to get livestock over the border.
He combed the woods for hours until he finally stumbled upon Carlos and his friends. They had the rare snake with them and were about to leave the woods. His hunch was right!
Paul couldn’t believe that he found Carlos, he knew he had to act fast, so he called the cops and reported their location.
He knew that he had to keep them there until the cops arrived.
He kept low behind the bushes, following them. He didn’t let the out of his sight. He had to make sure they didn’t see him. He had a few close calls when a squirrel ran past him, “What was that noise?” Carlos asked, but Paul quickly ducked and they didn’t catch him.
Paul kept his phone on silent and switched his GPS location on.
He sent his coordinates to the police every five minutes.
It was going to take some time for them to get there They had a far drive and along walk to go. Paul had to make sure he was hidden. He couldn’t let the poachers know he was following them.
Don’t Get Caught
Paul felt alive for the first time since leaving the Navy.
His adrenaline was pumping as he stealthily followed the thieves through the night. It was thrilling not to get caught.
Although he was a trained military professional, he couldn’t risk his life any more. It was a covert operation and he needed back up just in case things went south.
Backup Is Coming
Paul received a message from the police that hey were on their way.
Paul was relived. He didn’t have any firearm and he felt like time was running out.
He saw the men carrying a large crate. Paul suspected that the snakes must be inside that. Just then there was a loud snap, “Hey! Whose there?” one of the men shouted.
I’ve Been Spotted
One of the men had spotted him through the trees. ”Come out or well shoot!” Carlos shouted.
He was a sitting duck. It was now or never. He had to make a break for it. He jumped out frightening the poachers.
Paul grabbed the rare snake and started running in the opposite direction, distracting Carlos and his friends. They started chasing him, but Paul was quick and agile, and he managed to evade them.
Life Or Death
Paul ran for his life. A bullet flew past his head. His heart felt like it was going to explode out of his chest.
As he ran, Paul noticed a nearby pond and decided to take a chance.
He threw the rare snakes into the water, hoping that it would swim away to safety. Carlos and his friends saw what he had done and started cursing at him.
Quicker Than You
Paul ran for cover as one of the men continued shooting at him.
Another one tried to recover the crate from the water but it was already going fast in the river current.
The cops arrived at that moment and Carlos and his friends ran away. Paul was hailed as a hero for saving the rare Eastern Indigo Snake and bringing the poachers to justice.
Paul knew that he had done the right thing. The real animal control eventually found the crate in the river and brough the baby snakes in. Paul continued volunteering He at the Wildlife animal shelter, he was happy that he had been able to protect the wildlife in the woods.
But he made sure to keep an eye out for any more poachers who might try to harm the animals.
They were still on the run.
A Beautiful Symbol
The rare Eastern Indigo Snake became a symbol of hope for the local community, and people started coming from all over the world to see it.
Paul was proud that he had played a part in protecting such a beautiful creature.
What was once a horror for him and his family, turned out to be a learning experience.
We Honor You
One day, Paul received a letter from animal control, thanking him for his bravery and dedication to protecting wildlife.
They offered him a job as a wildlife conservationist, and he gladly accepted.
His terrible ordeal had come with a greater reward. His wife Cheryl and children were proud of him, mostly because they could always visit the zoo for free.
A Higher Calling
Paul spent the rest of his life working to protect the wildlife in the woods, and he became a beloved figure in the community.
He played a key role in breeding the beautiful snakes.
The rare Eastern Indigo Snake continued to thrive in the woods, thanks to his efforts and those of the local wildlife conservationists.
The police were still on the hunt for Carlos and his accomplices, but they were proving to be elusive.
It seemed like they had gone underground, hiding from the authorities and waiting for the right opportunity to strike.
The search had gone across the border and a few suspects were apprehended but Carlos was never to be seen again.
It’s Not Over Yet
Paul was worried that they would come back for him. He knew too much, and he was afraid that he might be in danger.
He couldn’t shake the feeling that they were watching him, waiting for the right moment to make their move.
They knew where he lived, they had met his wife and children. It would be easy for them to break into the house again.
As the days went by, Paul tried to keep a low profile. He stayed in his house as much as possible, avoiding contact with anyone he didn’t know.
He was paranoid and anxious, constantly looking over his shoulder and checking the locks on his doors.
Cheryl tried to comfort him saying that the poachers wouldn’t bother coming back for him. But Paul had his own issues.
Still On The Run
Despite his fear, Paul knew that he had done the right thing by reporting the poaching ring to the authorities.
He hoped that they would eventually catch the criminals and put an end to the fear.
There were a few more suspects that were caught, but none of them had nay affiliation to Carlos and his poaching gang. It seemed as though they were keeping a low profile.
The incident with Carlos and his friends was never forgotten, but it served as a reminder that you can’t trust everyone you know.
Paul tried to move on with his life. But he felt like he was always watching his back.
The innocent man didn’t know that somebody evil was watching him and waiting to strike.
A Shocking Morning
The next day, the wildlife center was broken into. Carlos and his poacher friends had come back for their loot.
The baby Snakes were gone.
Paul was shocked. He suspected Carlos and had no idea that he was back in town. He immediately contacted the police about the break in.
A Silly Mistake
The shelter hadn’t changed the locks and Carlos was able to still enter through the feeding quarters door.
They had forgotten a huge detail which was going to cost them.
The police were working tirelessly to find the vehicle and apprehend the suspects. But they couldn’t find them anywhere. The trail had gone cold.
Back For More
Paul decided to do some investigating of his own. He started to look for information on Carlos and his associates.
He visited animal control and spoke to some of the employees.
That’s when he found out that Carlos had been fired a few days ago for his suspicious behavior. He never returned to work and didn’t talk to anybody.
Paul shared his findings with the police, who were able to track down Carlos.
He had an alias of Benjamin. That’s why nobody really knew who he was. He never stayed in the same place and he was always moving.
He didn’t have any next of kin either. He clearly had connections, but nobody knew who he was.
The police started to suspect that Carlos had fled the city.
They sent out a criminal warning to other law enforcement agencies and alerted their contacts in the poaching business to be on the lookout for the rare snakes.
The animal shelter security was disappointed in themselves, especially since the incident had just happened. The snakes were kept in a high care facility.
Not Too Far
The next day they received a call from border control that they had stopped a suspicious chicken truck.
They found the snakes, but Carlos and his men were not in the vehicle.
Paul felt a sense of relief. He had done his part to stop the illegal poaching of the Eastern Indigo Snakes. But he also knew that there was still work to be done.
Your Lucky Day
Paul welcomed his snakes back to the habitat. He made enquiries to install a high security camera.
Exotic animals were becoming a wanted commodity.
He started to research more about the snakes and their habitat. He learned that they were becoming increasingly endangered due to poaching and habitat loss.
The More The Merrier
Paul decided to take action. He joined an international conservation group that was working to protect the snakes and their habitat.
He wrote them an essay on the problems they had at their center.
He volunteered his time and resources to help raise awareness about the issue. He was surprised at how many people had a love for snakes, even girls!
The response was overwhelming. People from all over the world were contacting him.
Donations were pouring in. Everyone wanted to know how they could ‘adopt a snake.’
As he got more involved, Paul realized that he had found a new passion. He felt a sense of purpose and fulfillment that he had never experienced before.
Paul and Cheryl were known as the ‘Snake Couple’.
He continued to work with the conservation group and also started to share his story with others.
He wanted to raise awareness about the dangers of poaching and the importance of protecting endangered species. It was a family effort and they felt close when they bonded with the scaly creatures.
Over My Shoulder
Months went by, and Paul slowly started to forget about the incident with the snake in his toilet. But one day, as he was driving home from work, he saw something that made his heart skip a beat.
He saw a man that looked like Carlos. He was standing behind a trash can. Paul’s heart skipped a beat. He thought that he was seeing thing. When he looked back in his review mirror, nobody was there.
In order to protect the privacy of those depicted, some names, locations, and identifying characteristics have been changed and are products of the author’s imagination. Any resemblances to actual events, places, or persons, living or dead, are entirely coincidental.