This is the horrifying moment the body of a missing Indonesian man was cut from the belly of an enormous python.
A 25-year-old farmer, named only as Akbar, went missing on Sunday on the island of Sulawesi, after setting out to harvest palm oil.
After he didn’t return, a search party came across a huge snake that had recently devoured a large victim. Fearing the worst, the villagers cut upon the 23ft snake and found the man’s body.
Reticulated pythons are among the world’s longest reptiles and are found throughout Southeast Asia, including in the Philippines. They kill by suffocating their victims before swallowing them whole.
Pythons rarely kill and eat humans, although there are occasional reports of them swallowing young children or animals. This is the first verified case of one eating an adult human.
A spokesman for the police in West Sulawesi province said villagers reported Akbar missing after he failed to return from world.
Police then conducted a search and found the snake near the family’s palm plantation.
“They didn’t find Akbar, but the villagers saw an unmoving python in the ditch. They grew suspicious that maybe the snake had Akbar. When they cut it open, Akbar was inside the snake.”
Village secretary Salubiro Junaidi told The Jakarta Post: “People had heard cries from the palm grove the night before Akbar was found in the snake’s stomach.
“When the snake was captured, the boots Akbar was wearing were clearly visible in the stomach of the snake.
“Residents cut open the belly of the snake and Akbar was lifeless.”
Nia Kurniawan, from Brawijaya University, said that pythons of the size that seized Akbar would usually hunt for animals such as boars or dogs. While they normally avoid human settlements, they would see palm oil plantations as a good hunting ground, he said, as they attract animals like boars, primates or dogs.