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Local residents were horrified to see the body of a mother cut from a python, after she’d been eaten alive while gardening.
Locals found Wa Tiba, 54, in the body of a 27-foot python, over a week after her two children raised the alarm their mother had gone missing last Thursday 6 June.
You can watch the shocking scene unfold in the video below:
The horrifying footage shows the moment their mother was cut from a 27ft python which had attacked Tiba while she was gardening locally, on the island of Sulawesi in Indonesia.
The mother of two was last seen on Thursday evening at 6.45pm when she went out, but her children became concerned when there was no sign of her the next morning at their home.
They began looking for her at 6am and a later found her sandals, machete and torch around 30 metres from a patch of bushes that appeared ruffled.
Wa Tiba’s sons then made a chilling discovery: a huge python lounged on the ground barely able to move due to an enormous bulge in its belly after it had swallowed the woman head first.
Resident Ayu Kartika said:
Everybody was crying, everybody was shocked. The poor woman. This is like a horror movie. People are terrified. We are scared to go outside. We can only pray for a safety.
The frantic young men called police and by 9am hundreds of villagers had gathered round the patch of grass in the remote Mabolu Village in the Lohia Regency of Muna province.
Nightmarish footage captured the moment the snake’s skin was sliced open to reveal the slime-covered corpse of the housewife. She was still wearing her brown leggings and dark red top.
The knife Wa Tiba had gone out with the previous evening was found on the floor, suggesting she had dropped it after being attacked by the python.
Her head was towards the snake’s tail and her feet at its mouth, showing that she had been swallowed head first.
Police superintendent Agung Ramos from the Muna district Indonesian National Police said Wa Tiba had went out to check her garden the previous evening and never returned.
Children and residents had been looking for Wa after she did not return home. Some items belonging to victim, sandals, machete, and flashlights, were found but the victim was not there.
The family then reported this to the police and the search reached its conclusion at 9am. Residents found a python that looked like it was unable to move. Residents then suspected the snake swallowed Wa Tiba.
People took the snake into the village and started splitting the snake. The suspicions were true and there was a body in tact inside the snake. Unfortunately the victim was lifeless.
Wa Tiba had a traditional burial ceremony later that afternoon in keeping with traditional religious customs.
Sulawesi is an island in Indonesia that is home to some of the biggest and most deadly wild pythons in the world.
In March last year, a young farmer was found dead having also been swallowed by an enormous 23-foot snake.
Footage showed him being cut from the python’s stomach after going missing the night before while harvesting on a rubber plantation.
Farming, forestry and fishing are the two main industries in Sulawesi, meaning many residents have to spend large amounts of time in the wild – increasing the risk of them being attacked by predators.
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