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Snake Owner Queasy After Pet’s Squeezing

From Associated Press

A man was in fair condition in a hospital Sunday after his pet python wrapped its 15-foot body around him and started squeezing, cutting off his oxygen and blood flow.

Tom Ortiz of Kansas City lost consciousness Saturday after Tina, his 50-pound-plus snake, started to constrict him, officials said. An ambulance worker said Ortiz had been in critical condition when the ambulance arrived. A hospital spokesman said he had not suffered internal injuries.

Animal control officials had custody of the snake but had not decided its fate.


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