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'An abandoned boa in Bristol': RSPCA rescue 4,000 exotic pets a year

Charity’s hotline received 15,790 calls in 2018 over cases of neglect or escaped pets
A 3-metre long boa constrictor found abandoned in a car in Bristol last year. Photograph: RSPCA

A three-metre long (10ft) boa constrictor found abandoned in a car in Bristol and a marmoset lying dead in a north London street were among the thousands of exotic animal-related incidents the RSPCA was called to last year.

The animal welfare charity released

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