A Michigan Couple Reminds Us All Why We Don't Pick Up Street Furniture

Because animals exist.

In what should come as no surprise to anyone, picking furniture up off the street and putting it in your home without thorough inspection is a bad idea.

One Michigan couple learned this lesson the hard way when they discovered that their recently acquired, new-to-you couch came with a hidden surprise:

A snake.

After owning the couch for exactly one weekend, Holly Wright and her boyfriend were shocked to see the snake slithering out of the couch (which is exactly how you should feel when a large reptile unexpectedly emerges from a fixture in your house.)

Wright believes the snake emerged because it was starving, and they were probably right as, sadly, the animal died shortly after. 

While it's nice that this story didn't end with any posionous snake bites or a nest of eggs hatching and wreaking havoc (a la Snakes on A Plane), there's still an important lesson to be learned.

What that is we're not exactly sure. Perhaps make sure and check street furniture for snakes? Or it could be keep snake food on hand for dying reptiles you didn't know you owned? Maybe just stop picking up mystery furniture off the street?

It's probably safe to say the couch was disposed of after the incident, so street-scouring residents of Grand Rapids be careful and to everyone else, still be careful. Snakes are everywhere. 

Drew DiSabatino is a viral writer for iVillage. Follow him on Twitter and Google+.

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