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Ben's bite beats python

By unknown | Apr 16, 2009 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

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

Farm manager Ben Nyaumbe was working at the weekend near Malindi when the serpent, apparently hunting for livestock, attacked him.

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

When the snake coiled itself round his upper body, Nyaumbe resorted to desperate measures: "I had to bite it."

The python dragged him up a tree but when it eased its grip, Nyaumbe said he was able to take a cellphone out of his pocket and phone for help.

When help arrived, 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.

The snake escaped. - Reuters


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