A mystery that had many South Philadelphians' skin crawling has been solved.
Lindsay Grow, 30, who recently beseeched the public for help in finding her pet snake, confirmed this week that her pet, Ripley, has been discovered safe and sound.
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"I'm a bit embarrassed of the outcome, but Ripley has been found!" Grow said in an email.
Grow discovered that her pet albino red tail boa constrictor never actually left her apartment, but had gotten stuck behind the oven.
Grow returned home from a night out of town to discover Ripley missing from her cage -- not far from a window that had been left open. She assumed Ripley had slithered out the window, down two stories and into the night.
Grow contacted local media, animal control organizations and shelters. After she was tipped off that a man on South Street had been overheard saying that he discovered a snake, she posted flyers around South Street. But those leads led nowhere.
"After I received a tip that a man found a snake on South Street, I had given up hope of her returning to me," Grow said in an email.
But on Tuesday night, after dropping a small item by chance, Grow had to move her oven.
"That is when I saw a small white head sticking out of the back," Grow said. "I took it apart and found her; severely dehydrated and hungry with a large scratch on her face."
The missing snake had caused some consternation amongst residents of South Philadelphia, with some directing complaints at Grow. Others offered support and pledged to help.
The messages included:
"Did you get your 'pet' back? You shouldn't own something like that in the city."
"Just saw your snake post. I live close... I'll keep an eye out. I hope you find your pet!"
"So someone just grabs a snake off the street?! I have a phobia. Did you call animal control?"
However, with the missing snake saga over, Grow and Ripley (who has a new cage) can get back to enjoying life together.
"Today she is safe in her new cage, hydrated, happy and fed," Grow said.