This morning we had the most exciting meeting in the world... ever.
It started as normal but descended into chaos when this five-inch long Grass Snake (Natrix natrix) made its appearance under our meeting table. Lucinda said 'What's that?!'. I looked down to see a small, dark, elongated something slithering its way under my chair.
My initial reaction was to go 'Gahhh!' but I think it's only human to do that - a meeting in the office is not where you expect to see a small snake. I recovered my normal composure and managed to ID it before it disappeared under the partition and out of sight.
After it was refound a couple of minutes later, the whole department went snake-crazy and gathered round to coo over the cute little fella.
We then released back where it had come from - the gardens outside.
A few weeks ago, the Guardian Newsblog had a post about the wildlife seen from people's offices, but I don't think they extended that to wildlife that made its way inside offices. Shame...
photos taken with Nikon Coolpix 995