This is not a drill.
Most people either love snakes or are completely freaked out by them—there is no in-between. In fact, a recent survey from Chapman University found that 33.2 percent of Americans are scared AF of “reptiles,” i.e. snakes and similar creatures.
Apparently Ashley Glawe is not one of those people. The Portland, Oregon, woman recently posted a photo on Facebook that showed a freaking python stuck in her ear gauge. “BY FAR one of my #CRAZIEST life moments!” she captioned the photo. “Went to the #EmergencyRoom because my #BallPython#Python #Snake decided to get #STUCK in my #Gauged earlobe!”
Ashley’s snake’s name is Bart, BTW, and she tells CNN that Bart decided to go through her earlobe when they were just hanging out one day. “It felt like he struck at my ear,” she says. “I froze instantly. I didn’t move because I really thought he was, like, attacking the side of my head.”
But Bart didn’t attack. Pythons apparently like hiding in holes and he saw a nice one in front of him so…he went for it. Naturally, Ashley wasn’t down with that.
Ashley says she tried to get him out herself by using cooking oil, but she knew she wouldn’t be able to free him without pulling and hurting him. So, she called for help. The fire department came and wasn’t able to free Bart, so Ashley had someone drive her to the ER.
Doctors numbed Ashley’s ear and applied lube. “They put, like, string or something between my ear and the snake and stretched my ear out more and pulled him back through,” she says. “And all was well.”
Ashley says her ear was irritated and bruised afterward, but Bart was a-okay. “He acted like nothing even happened and was totally chill,” Ashley says.
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