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   Undertoad  Thursday Jul 20 12:12 PM

7/20/2006: Python eats electric blanket



Official caption: Karl Beznoska's 12-foot Burmese python, Houdini, is attended to on an operating table, Tuesday, July 18, 2006, in Ketchum, Idaho. It took surgery to save the python after it swallowed an entire queen-size electric blanket _ with the electrical cord and control box. 'The prognosis is great,' veterinarian Karsten Fostvedt said after Tuesday's two-hour operation.



Facts culled from other news stories on the event:

- The blanket was in the cage for warmth; Beznoska thinks it got caught up in the snake's regular food.
- It probably took the snake 6 hours to eat the thing, and it took them 2 hours to take it out.
- The blanket was lodged in about 8 feet of the 12-foot snake; the incision to remove it was a foot and a half.
- It had been plugged in. Somehow the snake unplugged it.



Trilby  Thursday Jul 20 01:08 PM

Maybe Houdini just wanted to impress Houdinette with some Electric Lady Land.



Slothboy  Thursday Jul 20 01:08 PM

Get this Motherf*&%#ing blanket out of my Motherf*&%#ing snake!



Emrikol  Thursday Jul 20 01:39 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Slothboy
Get this Motherf*&%#ing blanket out of my Motherf*&%#ing snake!
Funny++




BigV  Thursday Jul 20 01:44 PM

I wonder if it didn't smell and feel (temp) like food.



MaggieL  Thursday Jul 20 02:07 PM

And they say Python isn't bloated. Just look at it...



findpolitics  Thursday Jul 20 02:20 PM

what a waste of surgical skills and money when 20% of americans have no medical coverage at all!



wolf  Thursday Jul 20 03:39 PM

I don't think that the veterinarian took time off from treating any human patients.



Beestie  Thursday Jul 20 03:58 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by findpolitics
what a waste of surgical skills and money when 20% of americans have no medical coverage at all!
Not for long. That rumbling sound you hear is the uninsured 20% of Americans moving to San Francisco. Actually, it could be more like 10% of Americans and 20% of the people who live in America.

However, there is a bright side. With the knowledge the medical community has gained from this horrible tragedy, the cost of treating humans who swallow electric blankets will surely decline - a benefit we can all enjoy.


Elspode  Thursday Jul 20 04:06 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by findpolitics
what a waste of surgical skills and money when 20% of americans have no medical coverage at all!
Do you not have any pets, then? Or, if so, do you just let them die when they are unwell? Or is pet ownership a crime against humanity as well?


axlrosen  Thursday Jul 20 05:10 PM

That X-Ray is amazing! It looks like something out of a sci fi moving. Are circular ribs? What's all that wavy stuff that looks so cool? I can't figure out of they're part of the blanket or part of the snake.



MaggieL  Thursday Jul 20 05:13 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by axlrosen
What's all that wavy stuff that looks so cool?
I would imagine they are the resistive heating wires inside the blanket.


ajaccio  Thursday Jul 20 05:15 PM

That xray is, indeed, way cool! I bet those wavy lines are part of the blanket. Think about it, an electric blanket has lots of wires that deliver the heat. With it squished up inside the snake's stomach, those wires just might look like that.

And I agree, that it's fine to spend $$$ on a pet's health.



BigV  Thursday Jul 20 05:15 PM

Parallel circle looking parts are ribs, not really circles, of course, more like "C"s with the open part along the belly. Wavy parts running mostly lengthwise are the heating elements woven through the fabric of the electric blanket, then wadded/twisted up into what you see. The doctor's pen is pointing to the control box for the blanket.



dar512  Thursday Jul 20 05:24 PM

Anyone have a python? I'm wondering how long it took to eat this thing -- and where the owner was.



Trilby  Thursday Jul 20 05:34 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by dar512
Anyone have a python? I'm wondering how long it took to eat this thing -- and where the owner was.
Says it probably took the python SIX hours to eat the thing.


KinkyVixen  Thursday Jul 20 05:36 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Undertoad

Facts culled from other news stories on the event:

- The blanket was in the cage for warmth; Beznoska thinks it got caught up in the snake's regular food.
- It probably took the snake 6 hours to eat the thing, and it took them 2 hours to take it out.- The blanket was lodged in about 8 feet of the 12-foot snake; the incision to remove it was a foot and a half.
- It had been plugged in. Somehow the snake unplugged it.



dar512  Thursday Jul 20 09:49 PM

You ladies should have replied with a loud RTFA - and I would have had to take it like a man. Mea culpa.

I did read it, I just forgot that it had that tidbit in there.



Hoof Hearted  Thursday Jul 20 11:01 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by findpolitics
what a waste of surgical skills and money when 20% of americans have no medical coverage at all!
Veterinarians treat animals. Doctors treat humans. What is a veterinarian supposed to do for a human patient that a Dr cannot? Why can these people not see Drs? Why is a veterinarian's skills "wasted"?
There are PLENTY of human Doctors to treat us. I don't see a veterinarian's skills as a waste at all, especially considering the (un-medical coverage) care I give my animals. My choice. Do you not think if a veterinarian were a Dr that your 20% of people would not still be faced with the same problem?
I really don't care much for most of the whining people in America who think things are OWED to them. I'd rather keep my pets healthy as they give me joy.
hh


footfootfoot  Friday Jul 21 05:07 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Elspode
Or is pet ownership a crime against humanity as well?
Off the top of my head, I think Helen and Scott Nearing were of that opinion, or close to it.

And pet ownership, as practiced by some of my neighbors, is a crime against humanity.:p


LabRat  Friday Jul 21 11:39 AM

Score another one for the Cellar in the "you heard it here first" catagory...

Good Morning America (I think*) interviewed the owner and the vet this morning. But it was already old news to me.


*wasn't really paying attention



BigV  Friday Jul 21 11:45 AM

Yes, LabRat, I had the same experience. Also with the Landis / Tour de France story, and Middle East updates too. Very educational.



Undertoad  Friday Jul 21 11:47 AM



xoB sends along this larger version of the xray photo, from the wapo.



Shawnee123  Friday Jul 21 12:00 PM

Sad thing was...snake ate the owner a week before he ate the blanket. No one cared about the owner.

Shawnee
Founder and President: Save the Blankets Foundation




Spexxvet  Friday Jul 21 01:38 PM

Usually there's a post about eating an animal that shouldn't be eaten. This is a thread about an animal eating something that shouldn't be eaten. Ironic.



findpolitics  Friday Jul 21 02:10 PM

Python

Quote:
Originally Posted by Beestie
With the knowledge the medical community has gained from this horrible tragedy, the cost of treating humans who swallow electric blankets ...
LOL

I didn't mean for my post to seem to serious. I've just been pondering a lot lately about our (mine included) silly priorities and expenditures.

Surgery for a pet snake who swallowed an electric blanket just seemed to an exciting and extreme case of our societal wackiness.


MaggieL  Friday Jul 21 02:24 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by findpolitics
Surgery for a pet snake who swallowed an electric blanket just seemed to an exciting and extreme case of our societal wackiness.
Depends how much the snake was worth. Priced a python lately?


glatt  Friday Jul 21 02:36 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by findpolitics
I've just been pondering a lot lately about our (mine included) silly priorities and expenditures.
My brother used to complain about how much money americans spend each year on golf, and if they would just put that money into his favorite space program, we could really make some progress. The number he quoted me was astronomical. In the multiple billions, I think.


Pie  Friday Jul 21 06:45 PM

Golf's a habit. Like heroin or cocaine.



xoxoxoBruce  Friday Jul 21 08:25 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by glatt
My brother used to complain about how much money americans spend each year on golf, ~snip
Golf must be expensive.... a Florida vet is going to (actually has by now) operate on this Yellow Rat snake to retrieve a golf ball.


BrianR  Friday Jul 21 09:36 PM

I wonder what the penalty is for that? One stroke or two?



xoxoxoBruce  Saturday Jul 22 01:06 AM

I think anybody that would pay a vet to remove that golf ball is stroking something, but I don't like snakes.



rkzenrage  Saturday Jul 22 09:51 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by glatt
My brother used to complain about how much money americans spend each year on golf, and if they would just put that money into his favorite space program, we could really make some progress. The number he quoted me was astronomical. In the multiple billions, I think.
The same could be said about candy bars or anything else... that kind of thinking makes no sense.


Ubergeek  Sunday Jul 23 09:06 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by dar512
Anyone have a python? I'm wondering how long it took to eat this thing -- and where the owner was.
My brother has a Boa... has had since I was a kid... it's pushing the far side of 30. It was the most boring thing in the world to watch eat.

It would squeeze the hell out of the rat... that could be fascinating at times. But then it would take a VERY long time to make sure it was at the head of the rat, then very very slowly swallow it down. It would take it a good hour and a half to eat 1 rat.

Eventually you reach the point where you just toss in the "critter de jour", watch long enough to make sure it doesn't some how escape and Sam (now well over 11 feet long) does go for it, and then you leave it alone.

But the electric blanket in the pen was a reallllllllllly bad idea. My brother consulted a zoo and they said either radient flooring for the pen (which has gotten huge now that Sam is 11 feet in length) or specialized heat lighting with special shields to keep him warm.

One really neat thing he found in some pet supply place was a big heat rock... it was ceramic and looked just like a 1 foot by 3 foot slab of rock, but it plugged in and you could control it. He bought 3 of them and then added some cermaic fishtank rocks for texture (Sam likes textures to curl around) and Sam now has a neat heated place to keep warm.

Now having said all that, my bother has spent a small fortune on this moving boot leather... but he does love the thing.

And before anybody starts writing a nasty letter to the above comment... I love the big moving boot leather okay? I house sit for him and his wife whenever they go on vacation, just to take care of Sam.

BTW, as the final irony... as it turned out... "Sam" is a girl... we just never bothered renaming "him". LOL.

Acroyear


John  Monday Jul 24 02:16 PM

Quote:
what a waste of surgical skills and money when 20% of americans have no medical coverage at all!
If it bothers you, you could move to a civilised, modern country instead.


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