Akarta, Indonesia – A 25-year-old Indonesian man has been swallowed whole by a python on the island of Sulawesi.
A six-minute video that was uploaded to YouTube shows villagers slicing open the python’s carcass to reveal the legs and torso of the dead victim, named Akbar.
Junaedi, the secretary of Salubiro village in West Sulawesi province, informed The Associated Press that villagers started trying to find Akbar on Monday evening after realizing he hadn’t returned from working on his palm oil crops the day before.
Junaedi stated Wednesday that the search party discovered scattered palm oil fruit, a picking tool and a boot, and then noticed the engorged 7-meter (23-foot) -long reticulated python.
“When its stomach was cut, we first saw his boot and legs near the neck,” he stated. “It seems he was attacked from behind because we found a wound on his back.”
Reticulated pythons grab onto their prey with dozens of sharp curved teeth and then squeeze it to death before swallowing it whole. They’re widespread in Indonesia and other parts of Southeast Asia.
Stories of humans being killed by pythons are extremely rare. In the wild they are known to eat monkeys, pigs and other mammals though.
Junaedi stated Akbar’s absence wasn’t noticed until Monday because his spouse was visiting her mother and father in another province. The alarm was raised when his uncle called on him and found his house locked.
The video was uploaded to YouTube on Tuesday.
Warning… graphic content.