What happens when you’re out for a nighttime stroll in the city and a snake stops you dead in your tracks? You apparently grab whatever’s within reach, use it to pin the thing down, then proceed to catch the reptile with your bare hands.
One man has taught us that this scenario doesn’t exist outside the realm of possibility: In a video that’s currently making the local social media rounds, an unidentified man pins down what looks like a python, and with all the confidence of Crocodile Dundee, successfully maneuvers a mop — yes, a mop — around the snake until he’s able to catch the animal with his hands.
According to the original post on the All Singapore Stuff Facebook page, the incident happened outside a nightclub at Serangoon Road last night.
The nearly minute-long clip shows the man holding the mop by the stick end and shoving the reptile with it until he successfully pinned it down by the head. He immediately grabbed its body with one hand near the tail and the other by its neck, and held it up for the camera and bystanders in the area, revealing the length of the snake, which measures about 2 meters, judging by the footage.
The video has gotten over 100 shares since the time of this article’s publication, with netizens chiming in the comments section to praise the man for his bravery.
Pythons are pretty common in Singapore, with the reticulated python — known for being the world’s longest snake — as one of the most frequently encountered on the island, according to the Wildlife Reserves Singapore.
Those who encounter such animals would normally contact the Animal Concerns Research and Education Society (ACRES) or NParks to rescue them.
In this case, however, neither of them were contacted, according to responses to queries by Coconuts Singapore.
“The ACRES wildlife rescue team did not get a call about this python. We are not sure what has happened to this snake. We urge the public to never handle wild animals. Not only can the animal be harmed but improper handling of snakes can be a public safety risk as well,” ACRES said in a statement.
And if you do come across the snake, here’s ACRES’ number to call: 97837782.