Police say a 2-foot-long ball python entered an apartment in Mattoon, Illinois, and wrapped itself around the foot of a sleeping 1-year-old boy. The python bit the boy on his foot.
According to the Mattoon Police Department Deputy Chief Jason Taylor, the child's cries woke up his parents around 11 p.m. on Monday in their 300 block of North 22nd Street apartment. They found the snake attacking the boy, reports the Mattoon Journal-Gazette & Times-Courier.
AP reports the boy's father Devin Winans, threw a blanket around the boy's foot and used it to pull the python off. The boy's mother took him to the Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center in Mattoon where he was treated for bite mark, bruise and scratches, the Mattoon Journal Gazette reports.
The child's mother Sara Lacey, said: “It was definitely something we never thought of happening. It was definitely really scary."
According to Sara Lacey, that was the first time she has seen the python in the apartment building. MSNBC reports that the apartment building was supposed to be pet-free.
Investigators say the python most likely escaped from a neighboring apartment building but police have not been able to ascertain the owner. According to Taylor, the pet owner could face city ordinance violation charges of having an animal at large.
UPI reports the snake is being kept at the Coles County animal shelter. The shelter manager Julie Deters, said the snake is being kept in a water tank where it was fed mice.
Mattoon Journal Gazette reports that Deters said the shelter takes in an average of 20 abandoned snakes per year. She said that a few years ago the shelter had about 50 snakes at one time after they were seized from their owner.
The owner of the python has not contacted the shelter, Deters said.