Ohio Man Almost Killed by 125-Pound Python


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An Ohio pet store owner is walking away with his life this week after almost becoming dinner for a 125-pound python he housed in his shop.

Local police were dispatched to a Newport, Ohio store on Monday after receiving a 911 call from a store employee who said the snake had curled around her boss' arm during feeding time. By the time police arrived, the 20-foot reptile was furled around the man's head, neck, and torso, crushing him.

The Cincinnati Enquirer reports:

Two officers pulled the the 125-pound snake off Terry Wilkens, owner of Captive Born Reptiles, police chief Tom Collins said.

Wilkens was not breathing when officers freed him, Collins said, but he resumed breathing before he was taken to University of Cincinnati Medical Center.

Collins said the victim appeared to be doing O.K. at the hospital and was talking.

The call came around 11 a.m. and Lt. Gregory Ripberger and Sgt. Daron Armberg were at the store within minutes, Collins said.

"It was only by the grace of God that one of the officers knew how to deal with snakes," Collins said.

Ripberger grabbed the snake by the head and worked to uncurl it off Wilkens' body. Collins and other officers pulled Wilkens by his legs to free him.

The snake is being held at the store until animal control decides what to do with it, according to the Enquirer.

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