A circus performer is feared dead after he was strangled by a large snake during a show in Russia.
In the video the man appears confident handling the snake, described in media reports as a python or boa constrictor. But suddenly and rapidly, he fell to his knees and then flat on the ground as the snake wraps tightly around him.
The audience at first take it as part of the act, but then the video shows him gesticulating several times with his right hand, seeming to signal for help.
Circus workers eventually come to his aid and pull the snake away as the audience realise something is wrong but the performer was left lying on the ground.
Some reports in Dagestan said the man had been killed but Russian authorities said they were not aware of a death, leaving his fate uncertain.
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