Cops Save Guy Being Crushed by 125-Pound Python Reptile store owner wasn't breathing when officers arrived By Newser Editors and Wire Services Posted Oct 6, 2015 12:19 PM CDT 46 comments Comments (Shutterstock) (Newser) – The owner of a northern Kentucky reptile store is recovering after police officers removed the 125-pound python that was crushing him. Newport police tell local news outlets that Terry Wilkens was feeding the snake Monday when the 20-foot python attacked. Police Chief Tom Collins says Wilkens wasn't breathing when officers were trying to free him, but he did resume breathing before he was taken to a hospital. Collins says Wilkens' health appears to be improving and he's even talking. Collins says one of the two responding officers knew to uncurl the snake by grabbing it from its head, eventually freeing Wilkens. Police were working with animal control to determine if the python would need to be removed from the shop.