Monday, April 21, 2008

Officer wrestles python in pet store attack

A Eugene police officer can now add snake wrestler to his list of skills after an attack on a pet store worker Thursday. Police said they were called to the pet store on Elmira around 3:30 p.m. on a report that a 12-foot Burmese Python had latched onto the woman and wrapped itself around her. Police Sergeant Ryan Nelson was about to use his knife to get the snake free, but the victim pleaded for the snake’s life. Nelson and another firefighter were finally able to pry the snake’s mouth open and uncoil it after a struggle, freeing the woman. After Nelson got the snake into its cage, the huge reptile escaped and tried to attack Nelson. The snake lost a couple of teeth in the ordeal, but no one suffered any serious injuries. Photo from Flickr, by DashTapper

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