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'He's biting my nose': Rescued boa constrictor killed after attacking US woman

“I’ve never heard of this before,” the dispatcher says in a recording of the call.

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A WOMAN FROM the US state of Ohio called 911 in a panic on Thursday afternoon after a one-and-a-half-metre-long boa constrictor she had rescued a day earlier had wrapped itself around her neck, was biting her face and wouldn’t let go.

“Please hurry,” the frightened woman told a dispatcher. “He’s biting my nose.”

The dispatcher sent firefighters and police to the woman’s home in Sheffield Lake, a community about 25 miles (around 40 kilometres) west of Cleveland, but seemed stumped.

“I’ve never heard of this before,” the dispatcher is heard saying in a recording of the woman’s call.

Rescuers arrived within minutes and found the woman lying in the bloodied driveway of her home; the snake holding its tight grip.

A firefighter cut off the snake’s head with a pocket knife and the 45-year-old woman, who hasn’t been identified, was taken by ambulance to a hospital for treatment.

The woman told the dispatcher during the call she had rescued two boa constrictors on Wednesday and that she owned nine ball pythons.

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