7-foot Python Mysteriously Appears Under Hood Of Pickup Truck

SANTA FE, N. M. (AP) — Any time a woman’s pickup stalled on a street in Santa Fe, New Mexico, local chef Jackson Ault ceased to lend a hand.

Ault and the driver both ended up with a surprise Thursday when Ault popped the hood and found a dark brown and yellow python slithering across the engine block. A police lieutenant responded to a call for help. He gathered the 20-pound snake.

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

Law enforcement say the snake likely indexed into the pickup at the motorist’s house several blocks from where the automobile stalled. And Ault says this individual thinks the truck stalled since the snake dislodged an electrical wire.

Authorities say the owner hasn’t turned up yet.