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Couple Finds Giant Snake in Couch

Boa constrictor was hiding in the cushions for two months

Usually, when you pick up a piece of furniture off the curb, you're worried about mold or bedbugs, maybe even loose screws. Never snakes

Grand Rapids resident Holly Wright and her boyfriend brought home a couch they found on the street, hoping to make it a permanent fixture of their abode. And for two months all was peaceful. "We smelled it and everything—it looked OK," Wright told WZZM. "We peeled off the cushions, cleaned it up, never saw anything."

Then one day a boa constrictor emerged from beneath the cushions.

Fortunately, it was clear the snake was starved and represented no threat. "It was very lethargic," said Wright. "It didn't really react or hiss."

Wright said that they initially intended to nurse the snake back to health and care for it indefinitely, but it died soon after it revealed itself. "It was quite cold in the room, there was no food for the snake and I think it came out of the couch because it was dying," Wright explained. The snake's true origins are still unknown.

And that's why you should always check your furniture for snakes.

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Six hundred people in various swimwear—including Speedos, string bikinis, and Viking costumes—participated in the Polar Plunge, which is sponsored by the L Street Brownies Swimming Club. The National Weather Service reports that the tempertature during this frigid baptism was 24 degrees.

“The air is so much warmer after you’ve been in there. It’s just great! It’s awesome!” one swimmer told WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Carl Stevens.

The event is a New Year's tradition and has been held every year since 1904. Also, there is no charge to participate. Money raised from T-shirt sales and hot chocolate was donated to the South Boston Sports Hall of Fame Scholarship Fund and to the youth hockey association.

Images and video from Boston's Polar Plunge:

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