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Partner in slime! The woman who’s inseparable from her pet giant snail

A woman who dreamed about owning a giant snail since she was a schoolgirl has revealed how she rescued one from a pet shop after seeing the condition it was kept in.  

Magdalena Dusza and her slimy pet Misiek live in Krakow, Poland, after she rescued the African snail six years ago.

Misiek – which fittingly is Polish for ‘teddy bear’ – is now kept in Magdalena’s home in a 130 litre tank and they enjoy cuddling together on the sofa. 

When she found him, he was kept in such a bad condition that Magdalena couldn’t recognise the species.  

Giant African snails can grow to almost a foot long and weigh more than a pound. 

Magdalena Dusza and her slimy pet Misiek live in Krakow, Poland, after she rescued the African snail six years ago

Magdalena Dusza and her slimy pet Misiek live in Krakow, Poland, after she rescued the African snail six years ago

Giant African snails, which Misiek is, can grow to almost a foot long and weigh more than a pound

Giant African snails, which Misiek is, can grow to almost a foot long and weigh more than a pound

Magdalena said: ‘They kept him in a very small box, with low humidity, which is deadly for snails, and he had an invasion of parasites and damaged shell.

‘At first when I saw him, I couldn’t even recognize the species.

‘I didn’t believe he would survive the night and didn’t want to pay for an almost dead animal.

‘After a sleepless night, I decided that I have to give him a chance and rescue him.

‘That day, I went back and bought him.’

Speaking about her love of the species, she said: ‘I had dreamed about owning a giant snail since I was in primary school.

‘We had similar snail in our biology classroom as a school pet, and I fell in love with these amazing creatures.’

Speaking about her love of the species, Magdalena said: 'I had dreamed about owning a giant snail since I was in primary school'

Speaking about her love of the species, Magdalena said: ‘I had dreamed about owning a giant snail since I was in primary school’

Misiek - which fittingly is Polish for 'teddy bear' - is now kept in Magdalena's home in a 130 litre tank

Misiek – which fittingly is Polish for ‘teddy bear’ – is now kept in Magdalena’s home in a 130 litre tank

She explained her love for the giant African snail and said that they enjoy cuddling on the sofa together

She explained her love for the giant African snail and said that they enjoy cuddling on the sofa together

Despite the large amount of space Misiek takes up in her home, Magdalena says it is very easy to look after him.

She said: ‘He eats mostly vegetables and fruits.

‘His favourites are sweet potatoes and bananas. He is also great fan of fish flakes food.

‘Snails do not have very complex nervous system, so we don’t interact in the traditional sense like a cat or a dog.

‘However, this really doesn’t stop me from talking to Misiek every day.’

Despite the large amount of space Misiek takes up in her home, Magdalena says it is very easy to look after him

Despite the large amount of space Misiek takes up in her home, Magdalena says it is very easy to look after him

Unfortunately, while most people are amazed by Magdalena having a pet giant African snail, some can be cruel

Unfortunately, while most people are amazed by Magdalena having a pet giant African snail, some can be cruel

She said his favourite foods are: 'His favourites are sweet potatoes and bananas. He is also great fan of fish flakes food'

She said his favourite foods are: ‘His favourites are sweet potatoes and bananas. He is also great fan of fish flakes food’

Magdalena admits that when she first saw the snail, she didn't think that he would survive the night

Magdalena admits that when she first saw the snail, she didn’t think that he would survive the night

Unfortunately, while most people are amazed by Magdalena having a pet giant African snail, some can be cruel with their comments towards Misiek.

Magdalena said: ‘There are also sometimes negative reactions, like people being disgusted.

‘Sometimes they try to joke and ask me if I am going to cook and eat my snails, but to be honest, it is not really funny at all.

‘Despite these comments, owning Misiek is a very unusual but rewarding passion, especially when you can observe your snails growing big and healthy.

‘Because they are so slow and majestic, observing them is good for nerves, it makes you calm and relaxed.

‘I would advise everyone to go and get giant snail for their own.’

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