This doesn’t happen often but it does happen. Must have been a horrifying sight.
A python strangled a security guard near a luxury hotel on Indonesia’s resort island of Bali on Friday, and then escaped into nearby bushes following the deadly attack, police and a hotel employee who witnessed the incident said.
The victim, Ambar Arianto Mulyo, was a 59-year-old security guard at a nearby restaurant.
He had offered to help capture the snake, which had apparently been spotted several times before near the hotel, located in Bali’s Sanur area, [Agung] Bawa [an assistant security manager at the hotel] said.
Mulyo managed to secure the snake’s head and tail and put it on his shoulders, but the python wrapped itself around his body and strangled him, said Bawa, who was present during the attack.
The 4.5-meter (15-foot) -long python was slithering across a road near the Hyatt hotel which was closed for renovations. Witnesses say it happened so fast and they were unable to remove the snake or some people were too scared to try. The man likely had no experience handling snakes and was unable to fend off the constricting defense of the reptile. Reptile experts note that any constrictor 8 ft or larger requires expert handling. They recommend 1 person for every 4 feet of snake. This man was easily overwhelmed.
Pythons rarely kill adults but do occasionally kill children when they escape and are underfed. A famous case in Florida where a toddler was killed by a family’s pet python resulted in the parents found guilty of third degree manslaughter.
Still a mystery is why and how a huge python killed two children in Canada earlier this year.
Pet snakes can be a hazard to their owners. This snake was wild and likely far more aggressive. It was a huge mistake to think the snake this size could be captured easily. Tragedy resulted.