Ambar Arianto Mulyo, 59, a security guard was strangled by a 15ft long python in front of a luxury Bali hotel as terrified onlookers looked on.
The man’s death came as he volunteered to help capture the python which had been spotted several times near the hotel in Bali’s Sanur district.
At the time, the security guard, who worked at a nearby restaurant managed to secure the python’s head and tail and put it on his shoulders, according to Agung Bawa, an assistant security manager at the hotel.
Nevertheless the python went on to wrap itself around Mulyo’s body and strangled him to death.
Bystanders unable to do anything watched on in horror. Calls to the police were made but by then it was too late.
From there the python escaped into nearby bushes and to date police are still searching for it.
Told Gusti Ngurah Yudistira, the head of the police criminal investigations: “The victim died on the spot as his neck was crushed and he could not breath,”
“We urge residents and tourists to stay on the alert.”
The incident happened at around 3am as the python was crossing a road near the Bali Hyatt hotel.
‘It happened so fast,’ Bawa said. ‘We were sad because we could not do anything to help him.’
Told Jamie Zimmerman Rothfeld, a spokeswoman for the Bali Hyatt in front of which the attack took place: “The management team and hotel associates of Bali Hyatt express their sincere condolences to the family of the victim of the python attack.”
The attack came at a busy time on Bali, as foreign tourists pack out the island’s palm-fringed beaches for the Christmas and New Year holidays.
The luxury hotel is said to be under renovations until 2015.
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