This bathroom python pic making the rounds on the Internet today has us terrified of ever walking into our homes again.
If you’re confused as to how something this horrifying could happen, the Eagle newspaper has a bit of an explanation.
According to the news site, Veronica Rodriguez of College Station, Texas, is a 50-year-old woman, who is “already afraid of everything.”
Rodriguez heard a noise coming from her bathroom and went to investigate. As she turned on the light, she was greeted by a 12-foot African python slithering in to her bathtub.
Rodriguez under-described the scene as a “huge scare,” though we find it hard to imagine that some more colorful language didn’t leave her lips at the time.
According to the site, entry was most likely made into Rodriguez’s home through the back door, “but when exactly the creature slithered in is an uncomfortable unknown for the 50-year-old single mother of a high school senior.”
Rodriguez said she typically gives her pet guinea pigs a bath and then takes them outdoors at around 6 pm, so she can clean their cage. On this night, she estimated that the back door had been left open and unattended for “two or three minutes.”
“I was on the phone with my mom and I kept hearing noises in the back,” Rodriguez said, adding that she initially suspected it was the guinea pigs.
This led her to her daughter’s room, where she found nothing.
A few minutes later, she heard the noises again and checked her bedroom, still finding nothing.
The third time, it sounded like “someone was knocking things over,” so she decided to check the bathroom.
“As soon as I turned on the light, that’s when I saw it,” she said. “It was crawling into my tub.”
Rodriguez slammed the door and called 911. An officer arrived carrying a brown paper bag to which Rodriguez responded — shades of the Jaws “bigger boat” comment — “I told him, ‘You’re going to need a bigger sack than that.'”
The officer agreed and called for backup. Another officer arrived with a second paper bag too small for the job. The duo then called the animal control officer, who showed up with a 10-gallon bucket. The three men eventually settled on a city trash can to trap the reptile.
“It was pretty aggressive,” said Officer Tony Gonzales of the College Station Police Department. “It definitely didn’t want to go into the trash can.”
The bathroom python was determined to be a pet and returned to its rightful owner, Yahoo! added, noting that the “guinea pigs were unharmed.”
Thankfully, so was Ms. Rodriguez and her daughter.
Experts believe the creature posed no threat to the family. To that, we say tell it to this guy, who was strangled to death by one in December.
So what do you think, readers — would you be freaked out if you walked in to your bathroom and found a python waiting for you?