An Ohio woman who was known for her love of exotic pets rescued two boa constrictors, only to be attacked by one the very next day in her yard.
On Thursday, the five and a half foot boa constrictor wrapped around her face and started biting her nose. She was able to call 911 and request immediate help.
The victim, a 45-year-old woman of Sheffield Lake, which is about 10 miles west of Cleveland, called authorities after one of the two boa constrictors she rescued the previous day had attacked her. The recording of her 911 call was released.
Her: “I have a boa constrictor stuck to my face.”
911 Dispatcher: “Ma’am you have what?”
Her: “Boa constrictor. Please hurry. He’s biting my nose.”
“I’ve never heard of this before,” the dispatcher was heard saying.
Rescuers arrived within minutes and found the woman lying in the bloodied driveway of her home, the snake holding tight just as she described. A firefighter had to cut the snake’s head with a pocket knife in order to release the woman from its grasp. The woman, who was not identified, was transported to the hospital for treatment. She suffered non-life-threatening injuries.
Sheffield Lake Mayor Dennis Bring said that he was happy with how quickly and efficiently officials handled the situation. Bring said, “I’m just really pleased with the paramedic’s response and you know the thought, to think that quick to take out a pocket knife.” He continued, “Obviously he had to destroy the snake, but he had no other choice.”
Bring added, “I would imagine the bite was very painful so she’s going to have to put up with that awhile, too. And now she’s going to have to make a decision on whether she continues to do this.”
Here is the 911 call:
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