05/22/2016 06:40 EDT | Updated 05/23/2017 05:12 EDT

Stolen Boa Constrictor Returned To N.L. Owners Alive In Duffel Bag

CORNER BROOK, N.L. — Residents of Corner Brook, N.L., can breathe easy after the owner of a missing three-metre boa constrictor says the snake was safely returned.

Venus's owners say they found their stolen serpent in a duffel bag left in a basement at an unidentified residence early Sunday.

In a post on Wild World's Facebook page, the pet store owners credit an anonymous source for reuniting them with the boa.

According to the post, the tipster said the reptile's captors intended to either "torch" the snake or drown her in the ocean. 

The owners said when they found the coiled up snake at the residence, she was "cold and nervous." After some cuddling, they say Venus is warming up and eating.

No police involved

The 40-kilogram, red-tailed snake was stolen from the yet-to-open pet shop overnight Thursday along with cash and other property, they said.

The shop's owners say they "didn't use police force in this matter."

The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary confirmed on Sunday that the snake was recovered with the help of a local resident.

"The police were kind of left out of this," an RNC spokesperson said. He said police received many phone calls from concerned residents, which have stopped since the snake was found.

Police say the investigation into the theft is ongoing.


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