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August 18, 2009

11-foot python unexpected guest for Calif. family

LAKE ELSINORE, Calif. (AP) — A Southern California family got a slithery surprise when an 11-foot python turned up in their front yard.

Francisco Delgadillo says he was chatting with his sister on their porch Sunday night in Lake Elsinore when he saw an enormous snake moving across the fenced yard.

The first animal control officer who saw the size of the critter had to call for backup. Two officers then wrangled the 50-pound snake into a truck and took it to a shelter.

Authorities say the Burmese python probably was somebody's pet. If the owner doesn't claim it by the end of the week, it probably will be given to a snake rescue group.

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