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People are mocking this police warning about a beaver-eating snake

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The Silence of the Beaver-eating Snake. Nightmare on Beaver-eating Snake Street. The Texas Beaver-eating snake Massacre. None of these are critically-acclaimed classic horror movies, because up until now no one has taken the threat of beaver-eating snakes seriously. Oh, and also now. No one takes it seriously now.

But they should. Westbrook Maine Police Department recently posted a status warning citizens about a 10ft snake named Wessie who was seen "eating a large mammal, possibly a beaver". They followed this up with two friendly, but fatal words: "not joking".

They might not have been, but the people of the internet certainly are... 

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