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In Riau, Giant Python Almost Eaten Security Guard

In Riau, Giant Python Almost Eaten Security Guard
The giant python (inzet: Robert Nababan)
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PEKANBARU - A giant python in Indragiri Hulu, Riau Province met an unfortunate end when it was eaten after it lost a battle with a local man.

Security guard, Robert Nababan (37) encountered the snake on a palm oil plantation road in Sungai Akar village, Batang Gangsal sub-district, Indragiri Hulu district on Saturday (30/9).

Nababan tried to catch the python which was 7.8 meters (26ft) long. But the snake attacked and beated him. There had been a struggle between Nababan and the giant python. Until Nababan can killed it with the help of some villagers.

"I tried to catch it, my hand was bitten, and I managed to wrestle it," Nababan said.

His life survived even though he had to be hospitalized. But the python was not as lucky as Nababan - its body was strung up for display at a village, before it was chopped up, fried and eaten.

Local police told AFP that python had sunk its fangs into the guard's left arm and nearly severed it. He said giant pythons were common in his area, a remote district of Sumatra.

"(There are) at least 10 sightings of them a year. In the dry season they come out looking for a drink, in the wet they come out to take a bath in the rain. There are usually lots of mice in the palm oil plantations and that's what they are hunting," he said.



(rnz)