This is a takeoff on the classic man-bites-dog story, one that leaves all but the most heartless among us feeling sorry for a serpent.
Last Thursday evening a lady, as yet unidentified, was standing in front of a Sacramento liquor store passing her full-grown female python around for a group of onlookers to touch. When a 54-year-old man took his turn at holding the snake, he surprised everyone, the python included, by biting her twice - hard enough to break a couple of the snake's ribs. The snake's owner was not amused, and proceeded to attack the man who had bitten her python. Police were called and found the snake-biter lying unresponsive at the scene of the incident. Both he and the snake were taken into custody.
Newspaper reports indicate that the python nearly died from the incident, and she had to undergo two surgeries. The man who bit her was jailed on a charge maiming/mutilating a reptile, and his bail was set at $10,000. The python's owner has not come forward, and authorities are looking for an appropriate rescue agency in which to place the recovering reptile.
For those of you who thought the craziness in Sacramento ended when the Schwarzenegger's left town, think again!