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Winnipeg Resident Finds Python in Dumpster; Police Corral It with Recycling Bin

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Winnipeg Resident Finds Python in Dumpster; Police Corral It with Recycling Bin

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Python found in Winnipeg Dumpster

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WINNIPEG - Winnipeg police faced a slithery situation Tuesday night when a citizen came across a live python in a Dumpster behind an apartment complex.

It's believed the person was putting their own garbage into the large bin when they heard a rustling sound, saw the snake and called police.

"A member of our canine unit did attend ... and he was able to safely contain the snake in a (smaller) recycling bin," Const. Jason Michalyshen said Wednesday.

"Not everybody feels comfortable with a situation like that, but certainly members of our canine (unit) go above and beyond what they do on a daily basis."

The serpent turned out to be a ball python -- smaller than most other types at just over a metre long and not poisonous. But officials were still relieved it didn't slide out of the Dumpster.

"We're glad that it didn't get out and a child didn't come across it on the streets," said Leland Gordon, chief operating officer of the city's animal services department. …

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