Birmingham, AL (WBRC) — A bathroom break for one worker at an Alabama construction office ended with an unexpected scare.
Willie Harris says he couldn't believe his eyes.
"So when I was going to use the restroom....I see a snake around the commode and I'm thinking it was a joke."
Once Harris saw the snake move a few times, he knew this was no laughing matter.
"I pulled the door back a little bit and I said wow!"
Harris says his boss then called 9-1-1 and luckily help wasn't far behind.
"He said I don't think you understand how big this is. I said Ok. He said I have a picture of it. I said well by all means, let us see. It was so much bigger in person."
Officer Alice Thompson says she quickly devised a strategy to get rid of the reptile, while at the same time, not harming it.
"She had a baton, and she grabbed the other guy's baton and she grabbed the snake by the head."
"I was holding it actually on the corners of the mouth where the mouth was actually open at the time. Which for me that was actually the first time I'd ever seen fangs that were folded back in a snake."
All of this, while Thompson's two male partners, as well as the construction workers huddled in a corner and watched.
"That's exactly what happened actually."
Thompson then carried what she believed to be a poisonous cotton mouth out of the bathroom, and hopped in the back of her partners squad car.
"What were you thinking when you saw her do that?"
Then they drove just down the road, where the officer released the snake back into the wild, unharmed.
"I said Lord have mercy."
"I looked at officer Mitchell and I said ok it's time to go."
You could say it was the creature's lucky day because if anyone other than officer Thompson showed up, it would have definitely been a different outcome.
"He'd been dead."