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Live python falls from hospital ceiling in Washington

USA TODAY USA TODAY 12/05/2016 Josh Hafner

The snake's owner notified the hospital about the missing snake after he got home © Getty Images The snake's owner notified the hospital about the missing snake after he got home A python fell out of the ceiling ventilation at Tacoma General Hospital in Washington, according to Seattle's Q13 News. 

The python reportedly slithered around the hospital for a full month after a visitor smuggled the snake into the hospital inside a cat carrier filled with stuffed animals.

The snake's owner notified the hospital about the missing snake after he got home, per the station.

"Workers were warned, but they forgot about it until the white ball python dropped out of the ceiling ventilation system April 30," Q13's Marni Hughes reported. 

Then the owner came by the hospital, picked up the snake and took it home.

Marce Edwards of MultiCare Health System, which operates the hospital, told USA TODAY that hospital staffers did an initial search for the snake. 

After a month passed, though, employees weren't even sure the snake was still on the premises.

“I think it's safe to say it wasn’t top of mind for people at that point," she said.

Ball pythons, which grow up to five feet in length, pose a low risk to humans because they're not poisonous and have a docile temperament, according to the Daily Mail.

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