A giant 15-foot python turned the tables on a security guard on the island of Bali this past week when said security guard, intent on capturing the massive reptile, found he could not control the snake and quickly became wrapped in its deadly embrace. And it happened in front of a number of stunned and terrified witnesses.
The Inquistr reported Dec. 28 that Ambar Arianto Mulyo, 59, was working his shift outside the Bali Hyatt hotel, which is currently closed for refurbishment, when the incident occurred. Mulyo had offered to capture the giant python, which had been seen several times slithering around the prestigious establishment, which will remain closed until 2015.
When Mulyo discovered the python, he managed to grasp it by the head and tail. He then lifted the snake and draped it over his shoulders.
The python then did what they do naturally -- it constricted. After wrapping itself around the security guard's neck and upper body, the snake began squeezing, quickly cutting off cutting of Mulyo's ability to breathe and strangling him.
Several people witnessed the python killing the security guard, who, as Fox News reported, worked at a restaurant near the Bali Hyatt. Agung Bawa, an assistant security manager at the hotel, witnessed the incident.
“It happened so fast," Bawa said. "We were sad because we could not do anything to help him.”
A doctor who wished to not be identified told CNN that the security guard was brought in to the RSUP Sanglah Denpasar Hospital in Bali Friday, the apparent victim of suffocation.
Gusti Ngurah Yudistira, the head of the police criminal investigations, told AFP (via Yahoo News): "The victim died on the spot as his neck was crushed and he could not breath." He said that Mulyo had been accompanied by friends who said they were too terrified to step in and render aid.
One witness said the python slithered off into some nearby bushes following the killing.
A spokesperson for Bali Hyatt told CNN: "The management team and hotel associates of Bali Hyatt express their sincere condolences to the family of the victim of the python attack."
The giant snake remains at large and local authorities are advising tourists to be careful while in the area.