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Exotic Animal Incident Report

Reported: Jan 27, 1997
Location: Madison, Wisconsin

Animal: Python
Animal Disposition: removed/re-housed

Facility Type: Exotic Pet
Facility Name: unknown

Category: Escape of animal, Attack resulting in human injury
Species: Reptile

Summary: Two owners of a gift shop were bitten by a 20-ft, 275-lb python on display at the shop. The python wrapped around one man’s chest and face, causing him to pass out then bit his hand. The second man was also bitten on the hand. The gift shop has several exotic animals on display in the store. The python was recaptured and returned to its cage. The snake was subsequently sent to a nature and breeding preserve in Texas. (Wisconsin State Journal)

Source: Wisconsin State Journal

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