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Python strangles circus employee in Russia

1/24/2007

ROSTOV-ON-DON, Russia — A 18-foot python escaped from its
cage at a traveling circus and strangled an employee, said police
in the southern Russian city of Stavropol.

The body of a woman who cares for animals at the small circus
was found near the glass enclosure with signs of suffocation and
remnants of snakeskin on her neck, the regional branch of the
Interior Ministry said.
The 220-pound snake was found nearby and returned to its cage.

Authorities were conducting an autopsy on the body of the
62-year-old woman, the Interior Ministry branch said.