Saturday, July 10, 2010

Wild Birmingham!

Several times (here and here) I have mentioned at this blog the legends of large eels - and at least one python - roaming the canals of the city of Birmingham, England, which is situated about 10 miles from where I grew up.

Well, now there's this story: an alligator snapping turtle that has surfaced (quite literally!) from the watery depths of the city. Of course, many such beasts are simply exotic pets that have gotten out of control, and which their owners have elected to secretly dump in the pools, lakes and rivers of the area.

In view of this new story, I strongly suspect we have not heard the last of Birmingham's out-of-place critters...

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