Reports surfaced on Wednesday about an Indonesian man who was viciously attacked by a python. Security guard Robert Nababan spotted the giant reptile in Batang Gansal, a subdistrict of Sumatra island.
Nababan was patrolling an oil palm plantation when he came across the python. This was not just a regular python, however. It was over 20 feet long, with some sources citing 23 feet and others 25 feet.
The local police chief Sutarja said, "The python was 7.8 metres long, it was unbelievably huge."
Sutarja said that when the 37-year-old came across the python, it was blocking the road. Nababan, along with two other passers-by, reportedly tried to move the huge predator away.
Reports of what happened next are still unclear, but Nababan ended up in a sort of wrestling match with the python. Then, it attacked Nababan and bit into his arm while trying to coil around him.
When Nababan was bitten, several other local residents came to his rescue. One person reportedly hit the snake with a log and helped free the man from the tight grasp.
Nababan recounted the incident to Indonesian TV reporters while in his hospital bed. He said, "I tried to catch it. It bit my arm, and we wrestled for a while."
After Nababan was rushed to the hospital, several locals worked together to capture the python. It is a common practice in Indonesia to feast on snakes.
The captors displayed the snake in the village before frying it up and eating it. While this python was particularly large, seeing reptiles of a similar size is not uncommon for the village residents.
It was likely a reticulated python, the world's longest reptile. These giant pythons are capable of eating fully grown animals, and, occasionally, humans. A 25-year-old man was found in the stomach of a giant python in Indonesia in March.
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