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HUNGRY BOA BITES HAND THAT FEEDS IT

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A hungry 10-foot-long boa constrictor mistook its owner's hand for a live rabbit, swallowing the woman's fist and wrapping itself around her forearm before emergency personnel could free her.

Ken Buck, a dispatcher for the Tacoma (Wash.) Fire Department, said the woman, who wished to remain unidentified, was preparing to feed a rabbit to the snake Saturday night when she went to pet the reptile before serving up. The myopic creature smelled its furry repast and quickly swallowed.The hapless woman's husband quickly called emergency personnel, who pried open the snake's jaws after several minutes.

The woman was treated for superficial cuts on her hand and arm - the snake eventually enjoyed its proper dinner.