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Rescued giant snail is Waste King mascot

PUBLISHED: 18:30 06 September 2011 | UPDATED: 19:56 20 February 2013

Rescued giant snail is Waste King mascot

Rescued giant snail is Waste King mascot

Hemel Hempstead based specialist collections, clearance and recycling company, Waste King, acceded to an unusual customer request in the form of a giant snail.

Hemel Hempstead-based specialist collections, clearance and recycling company, Waste King, acceded to an unusual customer request recently.


Waste Kings managing director, Glenn Currie explained, One of our customers was moving to the USA and so had to get rid of her pet Giant African Land Snail. We were helping her dispose of her unwanted possessions prior to the move and she asked us to take the snail as well.


Not wishing to see a repeat of the cat in a green bin story which hit the headlines last year, Waste King operatives took pity on the giant mollusc and brought it back to Waste Kings Hemel Hempstead headquarters.


Now named Colin, the snail is living in a large glass tank and thriving on a diet of apples, bananas, lettuce and cucumber with some added cuttlefish to provide it with much needed calcium.


A native of Kenya in East Africa, a Giant African Land Snail can grow to some 25 centimetres in length.


Glenn - pictured with Colin- added, Having reclaimed the snail from a comfortless fate, we could recycle Colin and give him to a zoo or a school that would promise to give him a good home. However, all of us at Waste King have grown rather fond of the snail so we might just keep him.


He could become our mascot although, of course, all Waste King operatives work much faster than at a snails pace!


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