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Caller claims Va. Tech menagerie belongs to her

Friday - 2/3/2012, 5:01pm  ET

BLACKSBURG, Va. - Virginia Tech police say someone has stepped forward to say a menagerie of snakes, bugs, and furry creatures found in an underground steam tunnel belongs to her.

Maj. Kevin Foust said Friday the woman called late Thursday to claim the collection, which is now in the possession of a group that handles exotic animals. He declined to identify the caller or why the animals ended up in the tunnel, citing a police investigation.

Workers on Tech's campus made the unusual discovery earlier Thursday. The animals include snakes, a black widow spider, a cage of crickets, a tarantula, two lizards, a frog, three mice and a rabbit.

Foust declined to say what charges might be filed.

The steam tunnels are off-limits to everyone except Tech workers.

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Information from: The Roanoke Times, http://www.roanoke.com


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