Workers at the Ireland's most famous brewery were a bit rattled when they discovered a snake coiled up in a crate yesterday.
The two foot long reptile -- which is reckoned to be less than a year old -- was found when workers at the Guinness Brewery at St James' Gate in Dublin opened the container after it had arrived from Texas.
Luckily, the stowaway was later identified as being a harmless and non-venomous corn snake and, after the Dublin SPCA was contacted, was whisked away to a veterinary hospital in Bray to recuperate.
"We've nicknamed him 'JR' because he came from Texas," Emma Clarke of the DSPCA joked last night. "He was dehydrated and very thin after his journey."
Last night, JR was recovering at the Bray veterinary hospital run by exotic pets expert Bairbre O'Malley where he has been promised jacuzzi-type treatment and food to help him recover.
"He is underweight and was very cold when we got him. We will give him some warm baths to heat him up, feed him and give him plenty of UV light and when he recovers, the DSPCA will arrange a new home for him," said Bairbre.