THIS WEEK IN 2000: Cold-blooded pet foils hi-tech search

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When Ben Vallis lost his pet snake Jasper in his van he came up with what he thought was the perfect solution – to hunt it down with the help of the fire brigade’s thermal-imaging camera.

But he had forgotten one vital thing about snakes – they are cold-blooded.

Instead the 17-year-old marine engineer from Hayling Island, with the help of Havant fire station’s sub-officer Paul Moss, found the 3ft reptile after a painstaking fingertip search.