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A 15-foot python strangled a restaurant security guard near the Bali Hyatt hotel in Indonesia on Thursday morning in the pre-dawn darkness, as the guard, Ambar Arianto Mulyo, and other searchers tried to locate and capture the giant snake. Reports had been circulating that a large python was loose in the area, reports NBC News on Friday, Dec. 27.

The huge snake apparently slithered across the road, in an area popular with tourists, and 5took the security guard by surprise. Several bystanders saw the attack, but none seemed to be able to pull the python off his victim. Mulyo, 59, was trying to secure the python singlehanded. He had fearlessly slung the giant snake around his own shoulders, when the snake began tightening its coils.

Police were called, but they arrived too late to effect a rescue or even to capture the snake, which escaped into the bushes. Perhaps, understandably, no one felt like grabbing hold of a snake so large and powerful. "It happened so fast," Bawa said. "We were sad because we could not do anything to help him."

The hotel was closed for renovations at the time, reported Agung Bawa, an assistant security manager at the resort, so no guests were present. The Bali Hyatt plans to reopen in 2015 – after potential guests have forgotten about a deadly snake attack, which could cause a lag in reservations. Meanwhile, people in the area have been warned to be cautious.

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