Albert the Foreign Office's stuffed anaconda
By Ned Simons - 24th May 2011
The Foreign Office has reassured the former head of the diplomatic service that the Foreign Office's stuffed anaconda, Albert, remains "proudly in place".
In a written parliamentary question, Lord Jay of Ewelme, Britain's former top diplomat and ambassador to France asked the government:
"What their plans are for the future of the stuffed anaconda in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office library".
Conservative Foreign Office minister Lord Howell of Guildford assured the peer:
"Albert, the 20-foot long stuffed anaconda, has graced the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) library for over a century. He remains proudly in place, just as he did throughout the noble Lord's distinguished career in the FCO, and continues to be held in great affection by FCO staff."
He added: "We have no plans for Albert other than to clean and stuff him from time to time."
Glad to see that cuts to Foreign Office funds haven't affected the snake stuffing budget.