A Taste of Life at Windrush Alpacas

July 29, 2008

Good Timing or Bad?

Filed under: alpaca, Alpaca Care, Alpacas, camelids, General — Tags: , , , — alpacalady @ 6:27 am

Snake in a fan

Snake in a fan

I am sure we have all had circumstances when things have happened that make us feel that our timing is incredibly good or incredibly bad.  Over the weekend I discovered that some timing had come together that turned out good for us but not so good for the other party involved.



We recently purchased a new fan for the weanling’s shelter.  As happens with outside fans we had one that was working one day, turned off overnight and then refused to work again.  So off we went to the hardware store to buy a replacement fan for the weanlings.


The new fan was set in place and was working well.  That is until one day last week when I noticed it had stopped working.  I didn’t pay too much attention to it as we had a power cut that day and I thought maybe the circuit breaker had clicked on for some reason.  I had also had to use the power outlet for that fan that same day and had unplugged the fan, so I thought that might be related to the circuit breaker tripping.  When I checked the circuit breaker sure enough it had tripped and so I reset it, assuming that the fan had come back on.


A later check revealed that the fan had not come back on, but by then the temperature had cooled for the evening and so I did not try to get the fan working again.


The next day as I did chores I decided that it was time to take a closer look at the fan and all of its connections to see what the problem was, after all this fan was only a couple of weeks old and surely it should last longer than that.  As I pulled on the fan to get it away from the corner I was thinking about where I had filed the receipt for the fan so I could return it if it really was not working.  With my mind on the chances of returning the fan I wasn’t really paying attention to the fan itself so when I looked down got a surprise – a snake hanging from the fan!  Fortunately I am not too disturbed by the sight of a snake and so was able to take a second look at the snake to discover that thankfully it was dead.


A closer look at the snake in the fan

A closer look at the snake in the fan



A closer look revealed that the poor snake must have been curled up around the motor of the fan, when I plugged the fan back in it must have startled the snake who tried to get away from the fan but instead met an untimely death courtesy of the fan blades.


The snake looks like it was a young bull snake, which is a shame as they are good at keeping the rodent population down, but I guess it’s time was up.  Talk about timing – what are the chances of that happening! 



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