A Los Angeles snake owner who thought his beloved boa constrictor, Bertha, was gone forever got the shock of his life on Friday.
Santo Cocio admitted that he sometimes lets the 8-foot reptile slither around his house instead of keeping it in its enclosure, KTLA reports.
It escaped from his home weeks ago when someone doing work at his apartment left the door open.
Cocio lost all hope until a neighbor using a hot tub on the roof called and said he saw the 50-pound snake writhing around a nearby palm tree.
Rescuers created a massive ramp for Bertha to use to slither down the tree using PVC pipe and a two-by-four. It worked, and Cocio was reunited with his reptilian friend.