Park Ranger Nearly Strangled By 18-Ft Python While Posing For Selfies

A forest range officer in the Indian state of West Bengal learned his lesson the hard way when it comes to taking selfies on the job. According to NDTV the ranger had been called in by villagers to capture the rock python because it had killed and eaten a goat. 

Ranger Sanjoy Dutta and his assistants helped to trap the snake in the village in Jalpaiguri 373 miles from Kolkata. Dutta then decided to hang the 18-foot snake, which weighed in at roughly 88 lbs, around his neck and pose for pics with villagers. That’s when the python began to wrap itself around Dutta’s neck — nearly strangling him. Thankfully villagers and members of his team helped to free him.   

NDTV said:

  The normal procedure in such cases is the snake would be stuffed into a sack and carried away, to be released into the forest later.

Twitter users sided with the snake…

Some offered a PSA as a bit of insight into why the ranger should have known better…

Most thought the ranger made a dumb choice that almost cost him his life…

…and they had little sympathy for his antics…

…even offering evidence of the camera shy python’s historic dislike for selfies:

The rock python is slated to be released back into the Baikanthapur forest near the Sahib Bari village that originally witnessed the ranger’s near demise on Sunday afternoon.

H/T: Twitter