A 38-year-old Thai man is recovering from a bloody encounter with a 10-foot python that slithered up toilet pipes of his home and latched its jaws onto his genitalia as he was squatting in the loo.
Attaporn Boonmakchuay was smiling as Thai television stations interviewed him in his hospital bed about the rude surprise, says New York Post.
Doctors said he would recover. But photos of his blood-splattered bathroom in Chachoengsao province, east of Bangkok, were testimony of his terrifying ordeal with the giant snake.
Mr Boonmakchuay told Thai TV Channel 7 that he struggled to remove the snake for 30 minutes Wednesday, May 25.
He screamed for his wife to get a rope, Thai English-language news site Khaosod English noted. He managed to tie the python’s head to the bathroom door and pried open its jaws “before he passed out from loss of blood.”
Emergency workers dismantled the Asian-style squat toilet, with the python still twined through it. The snake was taken away to be released back into the wild, according to an emergency responder cited by the newspaper Thai Rath.
Doctors said Attaporn will recover.
“He has a really good attitude… even though his own wife and children were in shock. He’s been smiling and giving interviews all day from his bed,” hospital director Dr. Chutima Pincharoen told New York Post.
Although tales of snakes in the toilet are often dismissed as urban legends, this incident proves that snakes slithering through plumbing pipes really do happen.
“I wouldn’t say its common but it does happen,” said Elliot Budd, a snake catcher in Northeastern Queensland, in an interview with CNN in 2015 after responding to a ‘snake-in-toilet’ situation’.