Woman swallowed whole by 23ft python in Indonesia while gardening

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The woman, Wa Tiba, 54, went missing while tending to her vegetable garden near her village on Muna Island in Southeast Sulawesi province on Thursday, according to the village chief, Faris. The horrifying incident took place on Friday, June 15, in the village of Persiapan Lawela on the island of Muna, offshore of Sulawesi.

Tiba's entire family and about 100 other villagers then went in search of her.

Disturbing footage shows villagers slice open the creature to recover the woman's body.

The field was about a half mile from her house, surrounded by cliffs, caves and a certain number of reticulated pythons, the longest snakes in the world.

An Indonesian woman who had gone missing was found inside a 23-foot-long python which apparently swallowed her.

Suspecting that the snake has swallowed the victim, the residents killed it and carried out of the garden.

Villagers in Indonesia dissect eight-metre-long python to recover woman's body | Screenshot from YouTube
Villagers in Indonesia dissect eight-metre-long python to recover woman's body | Screenshot from YouTube

A 14.85 meter-long (49 feet) reticulated python curls in a box in Curugsewu, Central Java, Indonesia, Sunday, Dec. 28, 2003.

"The snake's belly was cut open and the body of the victim was found inside", said Hamka.

Junaidi said the snake had swallowed the farmer whole, adding that it was the only such fatality recorded in the region.

"We were immediately suspicious that the snake had swallowed Akbar because around the site, we found palm fruit, his harvesting tool, and a boot", a senior village official, Junaidi, told reporters.

Resident Ayu Kartika said: "Everybody was crying, everybody was shocked".

While they have been known to attack small animals, attempts to eat people are rare.

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