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West Linn officer saves pet python found underneath someone's car

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Officer Huntsman with Forky after he rescued the snake. (Photo: West Linn Police Department) Officer Huntsman with Forky after he rescued the snake. (Photo: West Linn Police Department)
(Photo: West Linn Police Department) (Photo: West Linn Police Department)
Trystan Bale reunited with his snake Forky. (KPTV) Trystan Bale reunited with his snake Forky. (KPTV)
WEST LINN, OR (KPTV) -

Police officers respond to all kinds of calls, usually crime or traffic-related ones. But what's not as common -- calls to remove a snake from someone's car.

West Linn police officer John Huntsman said every day is different when you’re a cop, but he said Monday a call came in like no other.

“I got a call about somebody finding a snake underneath their car,” said Officer Huntsman. “Down on Hood Street in West Linn.”

Officer Huntsman arrived to find just that.

“The lady told me she had come out of the gym and found a snake,” said Officer Huntsman. “And we were able to get him into a bag and I started calling Reptile Rescue places and finally DoveLewis was willing to take him."

But Officer Huntsman still had to get the snake to DoveLewis, a task that proved not so simple.

“I was driving around and his head started poking out of the bag,” said Officer Huntsman.

Huntsman said he didn’t want the snake to crawl out and move around the car so he did the first thing that came to mind.

“I ended up grabbing him and he just wrapped himself around my arm and we spent a lot of time with him just on my arm,” said Officer Huntsman. “He seemed very comfortable.”

After the snake was dropped off at DoveLewis, the woman who found it underneath her car decided to post about it online.

That’s ultimately what brought the Ball Python, named Forky, back to her young owner, Trystan Bale, in Oregon City.

“I thought she was lost forever and I was like 'oh my God this is a miracle,'” said Bale. “She’s been in my life for a long time, more than I can remember."

Bales mom, Sandy, said Forky escaped a week ago.

“We went to get food for her and opened the cage and she wasn’t there and we go 'oh my gosh where did she go,'” said Sandy Bale. “I couldn’t believe that she had gotten out, because she doesn’t ever get out.”

From there, Forky somehow got outside, then hitched a ride on a car. The snake ended up more than five miles away in West Linn.

“He was a good snake,” continued Officer Huntsman.

Officer Huntsman’s reason for jumping in and saving Forky is that he was a biology major and also just loves animals.

Forky’s family has had her for seven years. They said they’re thankful to everyone who kept her safe, including Officer Huntsman, DoveLewis, and the woman who called police to begin with.

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