Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Man Outduels Python Using Cell Phone to Summon Help - Python Claims Foul - Demands Rematch

Epic struggle between man and snake....and camel? WTF? What is that camel doing here?

April 16, 2009

A Kenyan man bit a python that wrapped him in its coils and hauled him up a tree in a struggle that lasted hours.

Farm manager Ben Nyaumbe was working in Kenya's Malindi area at the weekend when the snake struck, apparently hunting for livestock.

"I stepped on a spongy thing on the ground and suddenly my leg was entangled with the body of a huge python," he told the Daily Nation newspaper.

When the snake coiled itself round his upper body, he resorted to desperate measures.

"I had to bite it," he said. "I bit down hard on the snake's neck, near its head."

The python then dragged him up a tree, but when it eased its grip, momentarily, Nyaumbe was able to take a mobile phone out of his pocket and phone for help. While waiting, Nyaumbe continued his deadly wrestling match with the python. The python was winning.

When his supervisor came with a policeman, Nyaumbe smothered the snake's head with his shirt, while the rescuers tied it with a rope and pulled.

"We both came down, landing with a thud," said Nyaumbe, who survived with damaged lips and bruising.

The snake escaped from the three sacks into which it was bundled and slithered off into the jungle. The men were unable to determine the sex of the snake. Female pythons are known for squeezing their male victims near the genital area until their testicles pop out of their protective sack. The testicles then are consumed by the snake, which apparently considers them a delicacy.

In one of the photos above a python is seen entering the trousers of a newsman in an apparent bid to make off with the man's testicles. Only the newsman's quick reaction saved him from a painful experience.

Mr. Nyaumbe asked not to be photographed for this story, citing reasons of personal privacy.

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