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Wednesday, September 20, 2006


It’s time for another installment of The Darwin Awards. This is a crushing story about a boy and his pet.
(11 October 1996, New York) A teenager was crushed to death by his pet python after he had failed to keep the snake properly fed, police reported. Grant Williams, 19, was found unconscious in a pool of blood, the life practically squeezed out of him by a 12ft Burmese python named Damien, which was still wrapped over his body. The snake had been given nothing more than a single dead chicken in the past week and may have been crazed by hunger.
Mr Williams was found in the hallway. He may have been trying to escape the flat to summon help. Medical orderlies summoned the strength ¬ of body and of mind ¬ to lift the 45lb, 5in-thick python off Mr Williams and hurl it into an adjacent room, but the snake lover died in hospital. At the time of the attack, Mr Williams was preparing to feed Damien a live chicken. It is possible that the python, peckish, opted for the larger prey. When on the brink of a kill, the Burmese python (Molorus bivattatus) can move with deadly speed, and there are few creatures able to escape its grasp.
Mr Williams may have suspected that his familiarity with Damien placed him above danger, but a hungry python does not quibble about such niceties. Captain Thomas Kelly, from the 46th precinct, said: "It looks accidental." Mr Williams and his brother kept a number of snakes, many uncaged, in their Bronx flat. The dead man's mother, Carmelita Williams, said that she had tried to persuade her son to abandon his hobby. "I begged him to get rid of the python," she said, weeping. "I even threatened to call the police."
Damien was last night caged at an animal control centre, after being fed. Its fate is uncertain.


At 6:48 AM, Blogger lime said...

well, this is a case where a neglected animal had the chance to avenge itself, eh?

At 8:59 AM, Blogger James Goodman said...

Oh, absolutely, Lime. I think the punishment fit the crime in this instance.

At 9:23 AM, Blogger Carrie said...

I'm glad it ended like it said because I didn't want to hear that the poor animal was put down. What would a snake that big be doing in a flat?

BTW, you have been tagged at my site.

At 9:36 AM, Blogger James Goodman said...

Yeah, I was glad the snake made it through as well.

You tagged me? but you didn't even buy me a drink first. I feel so cheap... :D

At 9:57 AM, Blogger snavy said...

All I can picture is this giant snake with the guy in his belly. Eeewwwww! Is that even possible?

At 10:18 AM, Blogger James Goodman said...

lol, I don't know if it is possible, but I bet it would give one hell of a try.

At 10:38 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Um, I think it's possible:

You might be sorry you looked

I guess it would be a rude awakening if all animals suddenly started eating those who neglected them. Of course, I think Tesla (my mutt) considers it neglect when she doesn't have at least two playdates each week.

At 10:59 AM, Blogger lime said...

holy moses on a pogo stick! that snake picture robin linked is mind boggling!

and none of this bolsters my efforts in lobbying for a snake as a pet in this house. i am sooo not sharing this post with mr. lime.

At 11:13 AM, Blogger James Goodman said...

My goodness, Robin. That is a wild picture. lol, @ Tesla, yeah sounds a lot like my dog. :D

Lime, lol at the pogo stick, did you go read robin's post before you commented? because if you didn't it is just an eerie coinky dink. :D

At 1:21 PM, Blogger lime said...

curiosity got me. i had to look! it still astounds me!

At 2:55 PM, Blogger James Goodman said...

lol, it is mighty impressive.

At 6:53 PM, Blogger Sandra Ruttan said...

I found this installment particularly crushing.

Sorry. I'm going now.

At 12:44 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I guess the old adage of not biting the hand that feeds you is true. It's the hand that doesn't feed you that gets bit.

At 5:25 AM, Blogger James Goodman said...

lol, Sandra. It's just to tempting not to make the connection. :

Oh, I hadn't thought of it like that, Steve. Nicely done.

At 7:01 AM, Blogger Bill Cameron said...

Our family reptile is only about ten inches long and eats crickets and meal worms (yum), but I am compelled to go load up his dish.

Just in case. Also, I think I better check on our pregnant ewe.

At 7:19 AM, Blogger James Goodman said...

That might be a good idea, Bill. Better safe than sorry, lol.


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