An Indonesian man has reigned victorious, but not unscathed, in a bloody fight to the death with a 23-foot-long python who was blocking the path of two pedestrians.
You’ve got to admit, most of us would probably choose to wait it out in the cradle of safety for the python to be on his merry way, but brave Robert Nababan was having none of it.
In a serious case of road impatience which nearly brought Nababan to an early demise, the 37-year-old decided to hurry the snake along with a little roadside fisticuffs.
He was on his way home from work when he saw two pedestrians blocked from crossing a road by the giant snake, so he stepped in.
Immediately, he became locked into a bloody battle with the snake as it sunk its teeth into his arm.
After an exhausting struggle he killed the reptile but was rushed to hospital for his wounds to be treated, suffering from a deep incision in his arm and severe exhaustion.
Speaking from his bed, he simply said:
I tried to catch it.
It bit my arm and we wrestled for a while.
The security guard, who works on a palm oil plantation in the Indragiri Hulu Regency area of the country, is now fighting for his life in hospital.
The defeated, now deceased python was left on display in the village – hanging across a washing line.
If this story teaches you anything, it’s that patience is a virtue.