Freak News for Tuesday, 9/6

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Man Bites Snake -  A snake bite in a north Sacra­mento neigh­bor­hood left the vic­tim seri­ously hurt, but the injured party isn’t whom you’d expect. Police say a python under­went emer­gency surgery after a man allegedly bit the crea­ture twice. Offi­cers were called after a passer-by reported that a man was lying on the ground and may have been assaulted. When they arrived, they found David Senk, 54, still lying there — but police say he wasn’t the one who was assaulted.Another man approached offi­cers and accused Senk of tak­ing two bites out of his 3-foot pet python, Pet­tit said. Senk was arrested on sus­pi­cion of unlaw­fully maim­ing or muti­lat­ing a rep­tile and booked on $10,000 bail. In a jail­house inter­view Senk said he had no mem­ory of the inci­dent and that he has a drink­ing prob­lem. The snake was turned over to the city’s Ani­mal Care Ser­vices, where it was recov­er­ing Fri­day after los­ing sev­eral ribs.

Pantie Puz­zle -  Author­i­ties in cen­tral Ohio have quite the puz­zle on their hands: why hun­dreds of pairs of mostly women’s under­wear were dumped along the side of a road. Fair­field County Deputy Gary Hum­mel said Thurs­day the under­gar­ments were found in trees and on hill­sides in sev­eral spots this week on a road in Berne Town­ship, about 30 miles south­east of Colum­bus.
He says some of the panties were still folded the way they’d come in pack­ag­ing, while oth­ers appeared to have been worn. There were nearly 1,700 pairs in all, in a mix of col­ors and pat­terns. Hum­mel says when col­lected, they filled 10 large trash bags. Inves­ti­ga­tors are “baf­fled” as to where the panties came from.

A Lasso For Lassie -  A farm­worker who says he learned how to lasso 30 years ago while work­ing on a cat­tle ranch in Mex­ico still knows his ropes. Jesus Vil­lanueva was work­ing Wednes­day when he heard a dis­tur­bance, a woman and her hus­band were try­ing to save their two dogs being swept away in the cur­rent. The dogs couldn’t climb up the steep con­crete sides of the canal. A Yakima sheriff’s deputy had a rope but was hav­ing no luck. After watch­ing the deputy strug­gle to rope the dogs, he took the lasso and said: “Let me see.” Sec­onds later, he las­soed each dog in rapid suc­ces­sion, pulling them to safety. He said he learned to lasso in Jalisco, Mex­ico, where he worked on a cat­tle ranch, but it had been 30 years since he had roped anything.

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