Working in the drain cleaning game, we naturally come across all sorts of peculiar things down drains – often because they are blocking them. We’ll quite often come across toys put down there by curious children, and it’s not unusual to find false teeth, phones, tools, paint brushes and ... things we can’t mention on a family website.
Dead animals aren’t that unusual either. They’re usually squirrels, rodents, birds, goldfish and the odd cat. But we’ve never been (un)lucky enough to find anything as terrifying as a piranha in our travels. Apparently one was found in Telford this April after locals complained about a fishy smell. Luckily the creature was dead, and we probably shouldn’t be too worried about being taken over by mutant killer fish (which are native to South American rivers, of course) because it had apparently been flushed down the toilet by an aquarium owner.
Another imported species popped up in Cleethorpes, Lincolnshire in 2013. The Mexican black kingsnake started to emerge from some homeowners’ drain cover and appears to have been a pet that escaped. It was caught first on video and then by a local reptile dealer. The species is not venomous but it is a constrictor, so next time you see one, it would be wise to call the emergency services and to definitely to avoid being constricted.
Our American friends have their own problem that’s definitely not imported. The alligator has been there much longer than humans have, and lives in modern-day Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, North and South Carolina and Florida. And they don’t mind reminding us that it’s technically humans that are the unwelcome visitors. This 9-foot-long beast was found by maintenance workers in Sarasota, Florida, for example; and those lucky enough to own a swimming pool often find one of its cousins taking a splash.
What do Australians do when Paul Hogan is out of town and a friendly crocodile decides to make an appearance from out of the drains? They call in the wisecracking croc squad to see if they can do anything about it. Turns out they can – but luckily safety is at the forefront of their minds, as you’ll discover if you watch the video to then end.
And finally we go back to the States, in Cameron Village, North Carolina, where a CCTV drain inspection stumbled upon this otherworldly specimen in 2009. They took to YouTube to try and get an identification and the mystery now seems to have been solved. The pulsating beast is apparently not one but hundreds of beasts, probably some kind of worm. We hope you’re not eating when you watch the video.