Python under hood stalls pickup

SANTA FE, N.M. — When a woman’s pickup stalled on a street in Santa Fe, New Mexico, local chef Jackson Ault stopped to lend a hand.

Ault and the driver both ended up with a surprise Thursday when Ault popped the hood and found a brown and yellow python slithering across the engine block.

A police lieutenant responded to a call for help. He retrieved the 20-pound snake.

The python was taken to the Santa Fe Animal Shelter, where spokesman Ben Swan said the reptile has minor injuries but otherwise is in good shape.

Police said the snake likely crawled into the pickup at the motorist’s home several blocks from where the vehicle stalled. And Ault said he thinks the truck stalled because the snake dislodged an electrical wire.

Authorities said the owner hasn’t turned up yet.

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