Huge snake not what it seemed
A terrified Scottish woman panicked after discovering a huge snake in her loft - only for officials to find it was a draught excluder.
The unidentified woman called the Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals after spotting the 'serpent'.
Officials said the lady was visibly distressed by the ordeal after she discovered the 5ft snake replica in the loft of an apartment she had only just rented.
Attending officer Karen Hogg told the BBC: "We've rescued hundreds of snakes from properties in all sorts of unusual circumstances, so we had no reason to believe this might not be the real thing.
"I'd brought gloves and a pillow case to enable us to handle and contain the snake safely, but as soon as we spotted it we realised the equipment wouldn't be necessary.
"The poor lady was still very shaken, even after we'd removed the stuffed animal from the property."
Officers have renamed the 'snake' Sid and he is now a permanent resident at the animal rescue centre in Aberdeen.