Indonesian woman Wa Tiba, 54, was declared missing in a village in Muna Island in a province in Southeast Sulawesi. She never came back after leaving her home to check her vegetable field. Her family and more than a hundred people from the village helped to search for her the following morning but to no avail.
|The woman that was found inside a python / Photo by: Viral Press via IFLScience|
Around 9 in the morning as the villagers conducted their search, they chanced upon a trail of her things that led to a bloated python. They promptly killed the snake and sliced it open to confirm whether the missing woman was there. Village chief Faris told reporters, as published by The Associated Press, that they indeed found Tiba’s body inside the python, and that was “still intact” including her clothes. “She was swallowed first from her head,” the village chief added. Later that afternoon, the villagers conducted a burial ceremony as part of their religious customs.
|People captured the python / Photo by: YouTube via India Today|
Although pythons are not typically believed as a threat to human beings, Python reticulatus or the reticulated python is a snake species that people should not mess up with. Typically, the non-venomous reptile eats small mammals, such as rats, pigs, and monkeys but they have also been known to take up bigger animals. They calmly wait for hours until prey passes by and they strike, coiling their body quickly around the animal and constricting it until it suffocates. The moment the prey goes into cardiac arrest, the python starts to swallow it whole.
Reticulated pythons are known to be the third heaviest or the longest species of snakes in the world. Cases like Wa Tiba’s are rare in Indonesia but they do happen from time to time. The body of a palm oil harvester, a 25-year-old man, was also found inside the digestive tract of a reticulated python previously.
|A python inside a cage / Photo by: Dwi Oblo and Reuters via India Today|