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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