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A red-tail boa constrictor is on exhibit at the Butantan Institute in Sao Paulo, Monday, Sept. 29, 2008. The Butantan Institute in a biomedical research center specializing in snakes and produces antivenin to save people from snake bites. Antitoxins against spider and scorpion bites are also produced at the institute. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)

Firefighters cut off the head of a boa constrictor to free a woman from its grasp


An Ohio woman called 911 in a panic Thursday afternoon after a 5 1/2-foot long boa constrictor she had rescued the day earlier had wrapped itself around her neck, biting her face and refusing to let go.

"Please hurry," the frightened woman told a dispatcher. "He's biting my nose."

The dispatcher sent firefighters and police to her Sheffield Lake home, but remained stumped. The woman explained that she rescued the boa on Wednesday, adding that she owned nine other ball pythons.

"I've never heard of this before," the dispatcher is heard saying in a recording of the woman's call.

Crews arrived at the scene only to find the woman lying in the bloodied driveway of her home with a snake wrapped around her neck--just as she had described. A firefighter proceeded to cut off the snake's head with a pocket knife, and the 45-year-old woman was sent to the hospital for treatment.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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