Photos: Risdawaty Nababan Facebook

Indonesia: Indonesian man comes out on top in life-or-death wrestling match with 7-meter Python
2nd October 2017;

This year, several reptile attacks have made the news in Indonesia, with the scaly beasts claiming human victims during each gruesome incident. However, one man in the Riau province seemingly beat all the odds by not only surviving his encounter with a 7-meter Reticulated Python (Malayopython reticulatus) but killing the snake as well.

Robert Nababan, a 37-year-old resident of the Indagiri Hulu regency of Riau, is now resting in a hospital after claiming that he wrestled with the gigantic snake. In his weak physical state, he briefly told reporters the story of his battle with the beast.

According to Robert, he was driving home on his motorcycle from his job as a security guard at a palm oil plantation near his village on Saturday evening. He then came across two pedestrians who wanted to cross the road but stopped in their tracks when they saw the python lying in the middle of the road.

“I tried to catch it (the python). It bit my arm, and we wrestled for a while,” Robert said, as quoted by Detik today.

Unfortunately, before Robert could go on with his story, his family kicked out the journalists who were reporting on the story from the hospital room so that Robert could get some rest.

While we don’t yet have the specifics of the fight between man and snake, the latter’s carcass is being kept as a trophy in Robert’s village, where its long body is tied between two trees for everyone, including children, to see (see photo above).

Considering the size of that snake, it’s incredible that Robert reportedly only suffered deep cuts on his left arm and fingers from the Python’s bite, as well as exhaustion.

In March of this year, a man in West Sulawesi wasn’t as lucky when he encountered a 7-meter Python (rescuers found him dead inside the snake’s stomach, having been swallowed whole). More recently, four people, including a “crocodile shaman”, have fallen victim to reported Crocodile attacks throughout Indonesia.

Source: Coconuts Jakarta

This undated picture taken late on February 2016 and released by Centre of Orangutan Protection on March 3, 2016, shows the body of an Orangutan after a forest fire at Kutai National Park in Bontang, East Kalimantan province.

Indonesia: Three Orangutans, including a baby, burnt to death in Borneo forest fire
3rd March 2016;

Three female Orangutans, including a baby, were burnt to death in Borneo after being caught in a fire believed to have been started illegally to clear land for farming, an official and protection group said on Thursday (March 3).

The charred bodies of the endangered Bornean Orangutans (Pongo pygmaeus), believed to be a mother and her two daughters, were discovered among fire-blackened remains of trees, their limbs outstretched and grimaces of pain on their faces.

They were found in Bontang, in the Indonesian part of Borneo island, close to Kutai National Park. Park officials began investigating after seeing pictures of the animals circulating on social media, said park staff member Dede Hidayat.

“We went to the scene about one kilometre (half a mile) outside the national park and we found the Orangutans lying on the ground, badly burnt,” she told AFP.

Wildlife authorities and police are now investigating the case. No one has been arrested yet, but if convicted, a perpetrator could face up to five years in jail for breaking wildlife protection laws.

Environmental group the Centre for Orangutan Protection (COP), which is helping authorities investigate the case, believe the fire was illegally started by a farmer to clear a small area of land for cultivation.

Slash-and-burn forest clearance, mostly to make way for palm oil plantations, is common across Indonesia and environmentalists say it has contributed to the destruction of many endangered species’ natural habitats.

It was also blamed for causing huge forest fires that cloaked Southeast Asia in acrid smog last year. Many Orangutans had to be rescued from the blazes.

COP, which runs an Orangutan rescue centre in Borneo, carried out an autopsy on the apes after they were discovered last month. The group found they were all female, and aged around 20, 10, and less than one year, said COP founder Hardi Baktiantoro.

Protection group the International Union for Conservation of Nature classifies the Bornean Orangutan as endangered.

Besides destruction of their habitats for agriculture, the primates face other threats. They are sometimes targeted by villagers who view them as pests, and caught by poachers who want to sell them as pets.

Source: AFP, on Coconuts Jakarta

Photos: Liputan6, Okezone, Kompas

Indonesia: Giant man-sized Amazonian fish washes up on Ciliwung River in Bogor
30th November 2015;

Yesterday, citizens in Bogor were shocked to find an enormous dead fish, as large as a full-grown man, washed up on the banks of the Ciliwung River under the Jalan Baru Bridge in North Bogor.

The fish was identified as an Arapaima (Araipama gigas), native to the Amazon rainforests.

No, the fish didn’t swim half the world to end up in the Ciliwung. It was later revealed that the fish lived in an aquarium in Sumber Karya Indah (SKI) tourism attraction in Tajur, Bogor, and had only recently died.

“Yesterday (Saturday), a fish died at around 7:30AM,” said SKI informations officer M Sholeh, as quoted by Kompas on Sunday.

Sholeh added that they haven’t determined the fish’s cause of death.

Because of the lack of burial rites for fish – however magnificent they may be – the dead Araipama was simply tossed into the river, presumably to become fish food.

Fate would have it that the dead fish resurfaced in Bogor for a final send off. It was reported that it took seven adult males to lift the fish and toss it back into the river.

We certainly hope it doesn’t wash up anywhere else downstream so it can rest peacefully in its watery grave.

Source: Coconuts Jakarta

Photo: Detik

Indonesia: “Millions” of dead fish wash up ashore in Ancol, stinking up the area
30th November 2015;

It’s been a bad few days for fish in Jakarta.

Scores of small dead fish washed up along the Ancol coastline in North Jakarta this morning.

“The dead fish are found along Ancol beach, from Jimbaran all the way to the other end. Maybe there are millions [of dead fish],” said Police Commissioner Edi Guritno, head of the Law Enforcement Sub-Directorate at the Jakarta Maritime Police, as quoted by Detik today.

Residents are reporting horrid, foul smells coming from the area.

Authorities have not figured out what killed the fish. Samples of the fish were taken to a lab to investigate this extremely strange occurrence.

While the waters around North Jakarta’s coastline aren’t known for being the cleanest, this is a pretty alarming sign that there may be some seriously toxic contaminants in the water. Hopefully authorities will figure out the cause quickly before it affects the capital’s water or food supplies.

Source: Coconuts Jakarta