I can't make this story up....
An Australian carpet python bit off more than it could chew - or at least digest - when it swallowed a man's slipper!
The elderly man says his slipper disappeared from under his bed overnight. At first he thought a possum took off with it, but the snake was found several days later. Snake-catchers say they could feel the rubber sole of the slipper underneath the python's skin.
Doctors tried to get the snake to vomit up the slipper. When that didn't work, they cut into the snake's stomach to remove it. Doctors say the snake would have died if they hadn't intervened.
The python is currently recuperating and will be released back into the wild.