Wildlife officer Sanjay Dutta was called in on Sunday by frantic villagers in West Bengal after they saw the 40kg python swallowing a goat alive.
However instead of putting it safely inside a bag, the ranger decided to wrapped it around his neck and posed for pictures with stunned villagers.
But people would soon panic as the huge snake wrapped itself around Dutta’s neck, this forced him to struggle to free himself from its vice-like grip and save himself.
He escaped unharmed but a little embarrassed.
The Indian rock python is known as a non-venomous species, but it can quickly kill its prey by squeezing blood flow and it can grow up to 10m long.
West Bengal’s forest department said they launched an official inquiry into the ranger’s conduct and his complete ignorance of safety protocols.
But Dutta said he only wanted to save the python from the villagers who were ready to kill it to death with their sticks.
He told AFP, “My first instinct was to rescue the snake. I carried it on my shoulders and held its mouth firmly,”
“I was not scared for even a moment (when the python tightened its grip) because had I panicked, it could have been fatal.”
Under safety protocols the ranger should of had a bag to the snake but Dutta did it have a bag to carry the snake, he transport it to a safe location in his car and released into the wild.
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