A pet store operator in Kentucky was saved from the crushing grip of a 20-foot python by police in the town of Newport.
Terry Wilkens, owner of the Captive Born Reptiles pet store in Newport, Kentucky was unresponsive and had stopped breathing when two police officers pried the huge reptile from his head, neck, and torso.
Wilkens had been cleaning the snake’s cage when it turned on him.
Officers said that there “was blood everywhere” and that Wilkens was not breathing when they arrived.
Fortunately, one of the officers knew what to do.
Lt. Gregory Ripberger was able to grab the 20-foot, 125-pound python by the head and begin to remove it from the victim’s body.
Police Chief Tom Collins said that Wilkens did resume breathing before being transferred to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center.
The python is currently being held alive at the store until animal control authorities can determine the next step.