Pythons are the longest snakes in the world. Although they are not venomous, these animals are still perilous. These snakes normally feed on smaller mammals, however, there were rare cases that recorded humans as among their victims. In Indonesia, a woman was swallowed whole by a 23-foot python.
On June 15, Wa Tiba went missing after checking her vegetable garden near her village on Muna Island, according to reports from The Associated Press.
The next day, a search operation for the 54-year-old woman happened in the morning. Her sister went to search for her alongside around 100 people from the village of Persiapan Lawela. However, they only found several footprints, her flashlight, her machete, and slippers.
As seen on the recorded video, the 23 feet long python as it looked very bloated with its bulging belly. It couldn’t even barely more when they cut open the stomach. Faris, the village chief explained how the victim was possibly swallowed.
“When they cut open the snake’s belly they found Tiba’s body still intact with all her clothes.”
Meanwhile, the Associated Press concluded that she probably didn’t lose her life while inside the snake. A reticulated python secures its prey with a bite, then wraps its body around the victim, squeezing down until the victim cannot breathe, before consuming.
This is the second recorded case in Indonesia that a python had eaten a human whole. In March 2017, a 25-year-old man perished inside a python’s belly. He had been working on his family’s palm oil plantation.
Watch the video below: