It took Python an entire version to figure out that Print is a function. Perl5 is faster than CPython, and has been for ages. Perl6 presents an extremely robust object model, and is far and away more expressive than Python2/3, and ties in with LLVM.
Python is general-purpose programming language. Perl is "practical extraction and reporting" language. It's like replacement for *sh for scripting with integrated sed, awk, grep. It's a glue for Unix world. For this purpose Perl is more concise and convenient.
Perl is a general-purpose language as well, and has been for nearly thirty years. Perl was named such to be a four-letter-word, not after any sort of acronym.
Python was inspired by many of Unix tools, but just misses the mark.