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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- A snake bite in a north Sacramentoneighborhood left the victim seriously hurt, but the injured partyisn't whom you'd expect.

Police say a python underwent emergency surgery after a manallegedly bit the creature twice.

Officers were called to Del Paso Heights around 6:30 p.m.Thursday after a passer-by reported that a man was lying on theground and may have been assaulted, according to Sgt. AndrewPettit. When they arrived, they found David Senk, 54, still lyingthere -- but police say he wasn't the one who was assaulted.

Another man approached officers and accused Senk of taking twobites out of his 3-foot pet python, Pettit said.

Senk was arrested on suspicion of unlawfully maiming ormutilating a reptile and booked on $10,000 bail.In a jailhouse interview with KXTL-TV on Friday, Senk said hehad no memory of the incident and that he has a drinking problem.

'I did what?' Senk said. 'If you find the owner, tell him I'mreal sorry. ... I'm willing to help pay for medical expenses.'

The snake was turned over to the city's Animal Care Services,where it was recovering Friday after losing several ribs. Thefemale python, about a couple years old, had extensive biteinjuries, said Gina Knepp, acting animal care services manager.

'You could see the poor snake's liver, all the way down theside,' Knepp said.

The snake's owner has not yet come forward to claim the pet orfile a report with animal care officials, Knepp said.

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