LIFE AND DEATH STRUGGLE IN A ZOO.
Ax exciting scene was enacted recently at the Bronx Zoo, New York, when one of the keepers in the snake-house narrowly escaped with his life, after being for several minutes in the grip of a boa constrictor. The- man had entered the cage to feed the snake, which appeared to be asleep. Suddenly, however, at a moment when his back was turned, he was bonified to feel the boa constrictor coiling itself about his legs. He endeavoured to extricate himself from the coils of the snake, but his strength was useless against that of the boa constrictor, which is one of the largest in the Zoo. His shouts for help quickly brought other men to the spot, and eventually no fewer than fifteen men were engaged in a struggle for the keeper's life with the boa constrictor, whose death grip was gradually tightening about the unfortunate hian. For a few moments it seemed that he could hot possibly be saved, but in the end the united efforts of the rescuers prevailed, and the keeper was extricated in a terribly exhausted condition.