Robert Nababan, a security guard for an oil palm plantation in the remote Batang Gansal subdistrict of Sumatra Island in Indonesia, came close to losing his entire arm battling a 25-ft. python.
Nababan, 37, encountered the slithery behemoth while patrolling the facility. He attempted to catch the giant python with a large sack bag, but the enormous snake struck his left arm with biting force. According to police, the creature nearly severed Nababan’s arm from his body.
Fortunately for the guard, the losing battle turned its tide when villagers rushed to his aid, striking the snake with a log and saving the man’s life. Nababan was then rushed to a hospital to be treated for his gory injury. Speaking from his hospital bed, Nababan claims he “tried to catch it… It bit my arm, and we wrestled for a while.”
In retaliation, local villagers killed the python and displayed its corpse before dicing it up, frying it and making it into a festive home-cooked meal.
“The python was 7.8-metres long (25.6 feet), it was unbelievably huge,” a local police chief named Sutarja told the AFP.
Giant pythons are regularly found in Indonesia and the Philippines. They can reach more than 20 feet in length.
Last March, a 25-year-old Indonesian farmer was discovered inside the belly of a giant python after the swollen snake was caught near where the man disappeared while harvesting his crops on the eastern island of Sulawesi.
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