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Python attacks employee at Bremerton Bug Museum in Washington State


(KING/NBC NEWSCHANNEL) An employee at Washington's Bremerton Bug Museum is recovering after being bitten by a python.

It happened on Monday as the employee was in the process of feeding Stella, a 10-foot long Burmese python.

Museum owner Randi Jones says the employee was not properly trained to handle the snake and took the initiative to feed Stella without asking permission.

When firefighters arrived, the snake had not yet unlatched from the woman's leg.

"She was in a lot of pain, and said it feels like it's to the bone, the teeth bites," said Lt. Glenn Pappuleas with South Kitsap Fire and Rescue. "And we're calming her as best we can as we try to work this snake off her."

When the snake briefly picked its head up, firefighters saw an opportunity.

"Basically we grabbed the head and slammed it against the edge of the bucket," he said. "I thought that was our best chance. And at that time we had loosened it up just enough and her leg was able to pop free."

Jones told KING 5 the employee was treated and released at a local hospital and is expected to be back at work on Tuesday.

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