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Snake Catcher Dies After Being Strangled By Python

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A man in Malaysia was strangled to death by a python after attempting to catch it and take it home.

Zaim Khalis Kosnan reportedly saw the snake on his way home and decided to try and catch it for himself.

"The victim had told his elder sister about his intention when he arrived home for the tools. Then he left the house with a pair of gloves and a sickle on his motorcycle to capture the snake," Police Officer Azizan Tukiman told The Star, The Straits Times reported.

Kosnan reportedly fell off of his motorcycle while riding home with the reptile when it started to strangle him.

"Several passersby who found him struggling on the ground tried to rescue him but he died soon after," Tukiman said. "However, they managed to kill the animal to free the victim's body later."

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Kosnan's brother-in-law, Mohd Noor Radiman, elaborated on what caused the man's death.

"I believe he was holding the reptile's head while transporting it on his motorcycle when it started to coil around his body and constrict him," he said. "We are saddened by this sudden and tragic news."

The victim's body was sent to an area hospital for a post-mortem.

In a similar incident, a British man died after the python he had owned since it hatched strangled him. Dan Brandon died of asphyxiation after Tiny, one of the 10 snakes he kept, went rogue and strangled him.

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"The most likely scenario is that Tiny was engaged with Dan -- I have no doubt about that," Coroner Andrew Bradley told The Independent. "She was coiling around him, at which point I have no idea. There was a point at which either she takes hold of him unexpectedly or trips him up or some other mechanism."

Brandon, his mother said, had become concerned about Tiny's strength prior to the tragic incident.

"He was more wary of Tiny than the other snakes. He said she’s very strong. He had stopped putting her round his neck because she was so strong and unpredictable," she said.

The man's devastated family called him "one of the funniest people you could wish to meet."

"I cry every day and night and relive that evening all the time," Brandon's mother wrote in a statement. "All the family wanted was answers to our questions, and I have no idea yet whether we have that or will."

Sources: The Straits Times, The Independent / Featured Image: PxHere / Embedded Images: AsiaWire via Daily Mail

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