Drunken bloke rescued moments from death after trying to take selfie with python

A tipsy bloke nearly met a grisly end when he tried to take a selfie with a massive python.

The incident took place at a petrol station in Valapattanam, near Kannur, Kerala, India, on October 20. The man, known only as Chandran, appeared under the influence of alcohol as he tried to get the snake to wind his body for a photo – but things started to go wrong when the reptile began coiling around his neck.

Chandran quickly collapsed under the snake's grip, but a quick-thinking petrol station worker named Abhishek came to his rescue in the nick of time. Following the daring save, the snake slithered away and vanished under a nearby lorry.

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Abhishek felt the need to help a struggling Chandran – despite being scared of snakes. He confessed: "I have never encountered a snake but seeing Chandran struggling.

"I quickly got a gunny bag and ran towards him. He was struggling and with great difficulty, I managed to forcefully pull the tail of the snake and soon it relaxed its grip and crawled away."

He added Chandran, while under the influence, had brought the snake and was adamant about taking pictures with the dangerous creature before it started to wrap itself around his neck. There have been no reports of injuries sustained by the victim as a result of the incident.

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The news comes after disturbing footage emerged of revellers holding on to a protected six-foot-long python as they partied in the bush in South Africa. The group prised open its jaws and poured a whole 750ml bottle of the Canadian lager into its mouth, the Daily Star previously reported.

A crowd of other partygoers were heard cheering and laughing in the 14-second clip as the one of the tormentors looks poised to pour a second bottle down the helpless python's throat. Law enforcement are now trying to trace the group on suspicion of animal cruelty.

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