Hungry villagers in Indonesia’s Sumatra island chopped up and ate a giant python after it attacked a man, nearly amputating his arm, officials on Wednesday said.
Security guard Robert Nababan encountered the giant reptile while he was patrolling an oil palm plantation in the remote Batang Gansal subdistrict of the Sumatra Island on Saturday.
A local police official said that the python was unbelievably huge. “The python was 7.8 meters long (25.6 feet),” local police chief Sutarja told AFP.
Sutarja said that 37-year-old Nababan, who sometimes liked to eat snakes, attempted to catch the giant creature and stuff it in a sack. But the humongous snake retaliated and bit him on his left arm, nearly severing it from his body. He was then rushed to a nearby hospital for treatment.
The police chief said that help from another security guard and several local residents, one of whom hit the snake with a log, saved the man’s life. Hungry villagers later feasted on the snake after killing it and displaying its body in the village.
Sightings of giant pythons, which regularly top 20 feet in length, is not that commonplace in Indonesia and Philippines.
Information source: The AFP
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