Undertoad Thursday Jul 20 12:12 PM
7/20/2006: Python eats electric blanket
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
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
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
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
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.
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
KinkyVixen Thursday Jul 20 05:36 PM
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.
Hoof Hearted Thursday Jul 20 11:01 PM
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.
footfootfoot Friday Jul 21 05:07 AM
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...
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
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.
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
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
glatt Friday Jul 21 02:36 PM
Pie Friday Jul 21 06:45 PM
Golf's a habit. Like heroin or cocaine.
xoxoxoBruce Friday Jul 21 08:25 PM
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
Ubergeek Sunday Jul 23 09:06 PM
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.
John Monday Jul 24 02:16 PM