NYDailyNews A man in Indonesia was swallowed whole by a python — and was missing for days — before villagers cut his body out of the engorged snake. A video appeared on the Tribun Timur news website, showing villagers cutting open the swollen snake to reveal legs and a torso. The 25-year-old man, known as Akbar, was reported missing Monday night after he didn’t return from work at his palm oil crops a day earlier. No one noticed he was missing because his wife was visiting family. It wasn’t until an uncle came to visit, and found the home locked, that he realized something was wrong. Junaedi, secretary of Salubiro village, said villagers came upon some of his palm oil fruit, some tools and a lone booth. Then, he added, villagers saw the 23-foot reticulated python. “When its stomach was cut, we first saw his boot and legs near the neck,” he said. “It seems he was attacked from behind because we found a wound on his back.” Reticulated pythons — a breed native to south Asia — are known to use dozens of teeth to grab its prey, squeeze it to death and consume it whole. Typically they don’t target humans — opting for monkeys and pigs.
I never want to live in a part of the world where humans are on the menu, because I never want to become the lunch of a dangerous animal, but unfortunately that’s exactly what happened to a poor Indonesian man named Akbar. 25-year-old Akbar was working his palm oil plants when he went missing, and when a search party went looking for him, all they found was a gigantic 23-foot-long python who was very full. The search party killed the python, and when they cut it open there was the corpse of poor Akbar, who was swallowed whole by the massive snake. Although attacks are rare, reticulated do attack humans as a form of prey, but it takes a particularly large python to decide that a small person (usually a child) is an acceptable food source, and attack the human with the intent of eating them. There are only a few instances of reticulated pythons attacking humans as prey in the wild, including one case of a python swallowing a passed out drunk guy behind a liquor store in India, most reticulated python attacks on adult humans are bites in self defense and the snake does not constrict the victim.
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