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He Sat on the Toilet at Dawn. Suddenly, a 'Nip'

Python escapes from Austria apartment, ends up in neighbor's bathroom
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 8, 2021 10:25 AM CDT
Updated Jul 11, 2021 9:15 AM CDT

(Newser) – An elderly Austrian man had an unpleasant surprise waiting for him while answering nature's call early Monday: a python, in his toilet. The man, identified by the BBC as 65-year-old Walter Erhart, tells the broadcaster that he "went to the toilet as usual" in his Graz apartment around 6am on Monday, "switched on the light, turned, sat down as I always did"—and then "suddenly felt a nip" in his genital area. Police in the province of Styria say that nip was from a 5 1/4-foot albino reticulated python hanging out in the bowl, an escapee from the apartment of Erhart's 24-year-old neighbor, per the AP. A reptile expert retrieved the python from Erhart's toilet, cleaned it up, and returned it to its owner. Erhart was said to have suffered just minor injuries.

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Police think the python may have ended up in the drainpipes of its owner's apartment and then made its way into Erhart's bathroom. They note that the neighbor keeps a total of 11 nonvenomous constrictor snakes, as well as a gecko. He's under investigation on suspicion of causing bodily harm by negligence. Meanwhile, back in the States, the public is breathing a sigh of relief in Baton Rouge after a Burmese python named Cara was found early Thursday, two days after she escaped from her enclosure inside Louisiana's largest shopping mall, per WPLG. Cara, described as a "nonpoisonous" and "very sweet" snake, slithered out of her home in the Mall of Louisiana's Blue Zoo on Tuesday; the zoo shut down during the search for Cara, though the mall remained open. She was recaptured just after 4am on Thursday. (Read more python stories.)

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