He almost shed his mortal coil.
An Indian man is lucky to be alive after getting ssssstrangled by a massive python that he was messing with while intoxicated. Footage of his near-death experience is currently blowing up online.
The literally breath-taking incident occurred after Birjalal Ram encountered an unidentified serpent while fishing in Parihara Panchayat, in Jharkhand, Jam Press reported. Upon spying the constrictor, the angler, who was reportedly inebriated at the time, decided to pick it up and put it around his neck like a living feather boa.
That’s when his scaly new scarf decided to tighten its grip. The entangled man then screamed for help, prompting his 14-year-old son, Nitish, and his buddies to rush to the rescue.
In the accompanying clip, Ram can be seen with his neck and head fully enveloped by the ornate reptile like a sentient Gordian knot. His son and his pals attempt to yank the critter off of him, only for Ram to topple into a nearby river with the python still encircling his throat.
They try several more times to free the victim from the snake’s death grip but to no avail.
After a 20-minute tug-of-war, Nitish was finally able to free his father, who incredibly emerged from the asphyxiating ordeal with only minor injuries.
As for toying with snakes, we suspect that, in retrospect, Ram feels that the juice wasn’t worth the squeeze.
Either way, the serpent-attack survivor should thank his lucky stars — and his son — that he’s OK.
Last month, a grandmother was swallowed whole by a 22-foot-long reticulated python in Indonesia — with shocking video capturing the moment her remains were found inside the cut-open beast.