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Incident Report for Case #2012-17046

Incident Type

Assist Citizen

Incident Date

01/19/2012 - 7:13 PM


North Police District


Female, age 31, Madison


Members of a Madison book club could write their own non-fiction following last week’s meeting. Their narrative would involve a 17-year old protagonist named Annie.

She was known as a non-aggressive teen, but on this dark winter’s night, with bone-chilling cold and the threat of inches of powdery snow on the way, she was likely feeling pretty hungry.

The hour has slipped past 7:00 p.m., and it had been some time since she had last eaten.

It was around this very hour that house guests began to arrive. They had come to socialize, talk about daily events, and of course, to chat about chapter and verse.

Annie was about to quickly become intertwined with the women’s book club.

It happened quickly, when one member looked down, and decided to pick her up.

Soon police and paramedics would be at the door.

You see, Annie is a snake, a ball python to be exact. Or, some would say a royal python as Cleopatra supposedly wore one around her wrist - so another story goes. In captivity pythons are considered good pets, as they rarely bite.

According to an officer’s report, the well-intended book club member, who plucked Annie from her aquarium, had prior experience handling snakes and had no reason to believe she was putting herself in danger.

But like many a narrative, this one was about to take a strange twist. .

When first responders arrived, Annie was found attached to the right cheek of the book club member, and she wasn’t letting go.

Her owner returned home, and was able to get Annie dislodged from the face of the 31-year old who had just hoped to hold her.

Annie went back to aquarium. The woman went to get bite wounds disinfected.

It was sort of a happy ending as she ended up with no scars, and no lasting emotional trauma. As for the book club, all members came away with a real-life story: one likely to be remembered long after the words of the book they gathered to discuss have faded.

Released 01/26/2012 at 1:33 PM by PIO Joel DeSpain

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