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Government spends £10,000 re-stuffing giant snake

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The British government has spent £10,000 to re-stuff the corpse of a giant snake.

This comes a month after Prime Minister David Cameron told voters to prepare for 'painful decisions' on the economy.

The 20-foot anaconda named Albert hangs in the Foreign Office library, and was allegedly a gift from a bishop more than 120 years ago.

The information was revealed after political blog Guido Fawkes made a Freedom of Information (FOI) request about this spend. They were told that the work on the reptile was "essential maintenance".

The Foreign Office has disagreed with criticism that Albert's makeover perhaps wasn't a priority for taxpayers' hard-earned cash.

A spokesman told Reuters: "It is quite a bit of money, but he is a very big snake.

"We will not be constricted, nor will we scale back, in our dedication to preserve this historic national treasure."

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