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Frenchman grateful to have genitals intact after python pee shock

A traumatized Frenchman has spoken of his relief to still have his manhood intact and says he will "never go to the loo in the same way again" after discovering a python peeking out of the toilet bowl when he went for a pee.

Frenchman grateful to have genitals intact after python pee shock
Photo: AFP/Paul Townsend/Flickr

If your toilet isn't flushing properly, the blockage might not be due to what you initially thought.

The 53-year-old man from the city of Grenoble came eye to eye with the “1.5 to 2-metre” python went he popped to the loo at his apartment in the centre of the southeastern city of Grenoble.

As the man, who has not been named, walked in to the toilet at around 9.30pm he noticed the snake's head peeping out of the toilet bowl just as he was preparing to relieve himself.

“It was frightening,” he told Le Parisien newspaper.

And while he wasn't able to relieve himself in the way he had planned, he was nevertheless mightily relieved.

“Thankfully I didn't have a heart attack. And I could quite easily have been bitten in a sensitive area, if you know what I mean.”

The man said he ran out of his bathroom and slammed the door shut. He then decided that his eyes must have been deceiving him and convinced himself it wasn't possible that there was a snake in his toilet.

So he went back in.

“I opened the door again and saw a 1.5 to 2-metre snake coming out of the toilet bowl. It was a huge python. So I called the fire fighters right away.”

A team that specializes in removing potentially dangerous animals was dispatched to the scene and the snake was snared and taken away to a veterinary clinic

The animal later died apparently due to chemicals from bathroom cleaning products that it had ingested. 

Experts say the snake must have got into the man's toilet in his second floor flat by passing through the apartment block's pipes.

“I noticed that in recent days the toilet was not flushing properly, but I couldn't have imagined that a python was living in the pipes,” said the man.

But where did the snake come from?

According to reports a resident on the fourth floor of the block raised the alarm a few weeks ago when his pet python went missing. He hasn't claimed the reptile found in his neighbour's bathroom was his, but residents are in doubt.

“How many people keep a python at home,” said one.

Meanwhile the victim says he has been left traumatized.

“I'll never go to the toilet in the same away again. I push the door open, turn the light on and examine the toilet bowl from a distance to check there is nothing in there,” he said.

“At first my partner said she wouldn't step foot in the flat ever again. It's really not normal that a python is wandering around the bathroom pipes.”

Nevertheless it's not unheard of.

In 2014 The Local Spain reported how a snake slithered out of the toilet and bit a woman on her left buttock.

Iris Castroverde, the 30-year-old hairdresser and a mother of two young children, says she was seated on her toilet at around 11pm when she heard a muffled noise. This was followed by a splashing, and that's when she felt a bite on her backside.

“The whole suburb's gone psychotic because of this creature,” said one of her neighbours.

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France’s mystery rooftop panther stolen from zoo

A black panther rescued from rooftops near the northern city of Lille last week has been stolen from the zoo where it was taken after capture, officials said.

France's mystery rooftop panther stolen from zoo
Photo: AFP/ Sapeurs Pompiers du Nord

The feline was seized overnight from the zoo in Maubeuge near the Belgian border, the city's mayor, Arnaud Decagny, told AFP on Tuesday.

“This animal was the only target,” Decagny said, adding that “considerable efforts” were made to force locks and avoid security systems.

Zoo personnel are worried about the young panther's health, “which is rather delicate because he lacks strength,” the mayor added, saying the animal was just a few months old and weighed between 25 and 30kg.

The panther after its capture. Photo League Protectrice des Animaux de la Nord de France/AFP

The panther was going to be transferred to a centre specialised in rehabilitating wild animals that had been domesticated.

Firefighters caught the cat last Wednesday as it roamed rooftops in Armentieres after escaping through the window of a private apartment believed to have been its home.

The panther's owner is thought to have escaped through the same window, for fear of being charged with illegally harbouring a wild animal.

Police have not located the fugitive owner, who could face charges of endangering the public, which is punishable by up to a year in prison and €15,000 in fines, Decagny said.

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