Cop Saves Woman in Python's Death Grip

12-foot snake attacks pet shop owner
By Caroline Zimmerman,  Newser User
Posted Apr 19, 2008 7:49 PM CDT
A 14-foot Burmese Python weighing between 75 and 85 pounds climbs a wall of its cage, Friday, Feb. 15, 2008.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – A cop and several firemen struggled to rescue an Oregon pet shop owner after she stuck her hand in a python's cage, the Eugene Register-Guard reports. Teresa Rossiter was showing off 12-foot Darla to customers when the snake bit her, wrapped around her, and knocked her down. A policeman came to cut off the $850 python's head, but Rossiter begged him to find another way.

He tried prying Darla's mouth open, but cut his fingers on its teeth. Firemen showed up and poured water on the snake to distract it, to no avail. Finally a fireman opened its mouth with a screwdriver, and the cop wrangled the surly python back into her cage. “We don’t really have any training in that,” he said. “This was a new one for me.”