Over the weekend, police in England were shocked to find live sharks at a residential home.
Inspector Darren Taylor told the West Sussex County Times that his team received calls about a “disturbance” occurring at a home in Haywards Heath, a city in West Sussex. When they arrived, however, they found something unexpected—an 8-foot indoor swimming pool that contained numerous sharks and an artificial Christmas tree.
“Just when you think you have heard it all,” said Taylor in a since-deleted tweet according to LadBible. “Team attended a premises [sic] over the weekend, only to discover a [sic] 8ft swimming pool in the front room.
“In the swimming pool [apart from water] were small sharks swimming around and an artificial Christmas tree in the middle! I kid you not,” he continued.
Whether or not the sharks were the cause of the disturbance remains unknown. However, LadBible reported that the police would be speaking to the housing association to see if the residents’ lease allows “exotic pets.”
In March, The Argus reported that the ownership of exotic pets was on the rise in the U.K. The publication said that a survey conducted by animal charity Born Free “found there had been a 59 percent increase in exotic pet ownership in the U.K. since 2000.”
In Sussex alone, the charity discovered that 124 “dangerous wild animals” were being kept as pets. That list included a red panda, various primates and a diamondback rattlesnake, among others.
In September, residents of a small village in Telford, England found a 6-foot boa constrictor in the middle of the road with a broken jaw. Newsweek said that RSPCA officials believed the snake had once been someone’s pet.
According to The Argus, “under the Dangerous Wild Animals Act 1976, anyone in Britain can keep a dangerous wild animal as long as they obtain a license from their local authority.”
Neither the species of the sharks nor how the tenants came to be in possession of them was reported. Newsweek reached out to Sussex Police for additional information but did not hear back in time for publication.
In other exotic pet news, a woman in Atlanta was forced to surrender her exotic African serval cat in July.
Newsweek reported that the Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR) took the cat after it managed to escape her home. The owner, Anna Fyfe, was reportedly “heartbroken” to surrender the cat.
“She really helped me get through a lot,” said Fyfe.
Over the weekend, police in England were shocked to find live sharks at a residential home. It remains unknown whether or not the sharks were the cause of the disturbance in the home.