Indonesian man wins titanic battle with 23ft-long python

Indonesian man wins titanic battle with 23ft-long python

The story of the battle between man and beast is a long, Odyssean quest, where both mount strong and effective attacks, but neither seem able to strike the killing blow. Over the millennia, we've bested birds, clashed with crocodiles and tackled tigers, but one of humankind's greatest enemies is the snake.

Looking back at the opening chapters in the book of Genesis, Man's original sin was brought about by the folly of Adam and Eve after they were tricked by the Devil disguised as a serpent. Since then, we've not really forgiven them; a small fraction of the population may have the reptiles as pets, but the vast majority of human beings are of the same opinion: we hate those legless jerkfaces, and the grass they slithered in on.

To be fair, they don't particularly like us either, and throughout history, we've always been wary of snake attacks and invasions. Today, most human-snake encounters are somewhat of a mismatch; most of us humans would run in the opposite direction, and the same goes for the snakes if the human is Australian.

Sometimes, though, the tension between humans and snakes boils over, and we're left with a pretty titanic clash between two of Planet Earth's greatest killers. Think of it as the McGregor-Mayweather of the animal kingdom. Footage from Indonesia has emerged of one such battle, as a 37-year-old man took on a python 23 feet long.

Robert Nababan, a security guard at a palm oil plantation out in the Indragiri Hulu Regency, Indonesia, was on his way home on his moped when he came across this impossibly large snake. Along with two pedestrians, Nababan attempted to move the snake out of the road, but this python was having none of it.

He turned on Nababan, and left with little choice, Nababan decided to go toe to... tail with this massive python. In the latest leg of the neverending Mortal Kombat between man and beast, Nababan struck a fatality, killing the snake with his bare hands, but was bitten pretty badly.

He was rushed to hospital, not only bloody and injured, but exhausted too, as the battle seemed to "last a long time". Speaking from his hospital bed, Nababan said: "I tried to catch it. It bit my arm, and we wrestled for a while." He's got some pretty significant injuries, as you can see.

After killing the snake, its body was hung out like a washing line. Now, it's pretty difficult to say the correct way to dispose of a giant snake carcass, but I'm not sure that hanging it out over an Indonesian village is the way to go.

It's practical, perhaps, but you're pretty much putting the body of snake-kind's greatest warrior on display, and I don't know if that's going to go down too well with the rest of the family. Let's hope Robert Nababan fully recovers from his injuries, not least because there's every chance that the snakes will be out for revenge pretty soon, and we're probably going to need his snake-fighting skills at some point in the future.