Missing Indonesian woman found dead inside the belly of python

Wednesday 10th July 2024 07:13 EDT

Jakarta: An Indonesian woman, who was reportedly missing, has been found dead inside the belly of a snake after it swallowed her whole in central Indonesia, a local official said. The 45-year-old Farida was found inside the reticulated python by her husband and residents of Kalempang village in South Sulawesi province.

The python measured around 5 meters (16 feet). She went missing last week and didn't return home. Following that, a search operation was launched, village chief Suardi Rosi said. Her husband "found her belongings, which made him suspicious. The villagers then searched the area. They soon spotted a python with a large belly," said Suardi.

"They agreed to cut open the python's stomach. As soon as they did, Farida's head was immediately visible," he added. She was found fully clothed inside the python's belly.

Instances like these are rare, yet in Indonesia, there have been several fatalities in recent years after pythons swallowed whole individuals. Last year, residents of Tinanggea district in Southeast Sulawesi encountered an eight-meter python, which they killed as it was strangling and devouring a farmer in the village.

In 2018, a 54-year-old woman was discovered dead within a seven-meter python in Muna town, also located in Southeast Sulawesi.

And in the preceding year, a farmer from West Sulawesi vanished, only to be later found consumed alive by a four-meter python on a palm oil plantation.

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