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

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.

Tuesday, 6th June 2017, 7:00 am

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

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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.