NYPost A massive python killed a woman in Indonesia, the second time in just over a year one of the giant constrictors swallowed a human in adjacent provinces in that country. The woman, 54-year-old Wa Tiba, went missing while checking her vegetable garden near her village on Muna island in Southeast Sulawesi province on Thursday evening, said the chief of the village of Persiapan Lawela, Faris, who uses a single name. Wa Tiba was concerned about wild boars getting into her corn, planted about a half-mile from her house. When she hadn’t returned by sunrise Friday, her sister went to look for her. She found only Tiba’s footprints, her flashlight, her machete and slippers. Her family and nearly 100 other villagers mounted a search, and discovered a 23-foot-long reticulated python about 150 feet away from her belongings. The snake was so bloated it could barely move. “When they cut open the snake’s belly they found Tiba’s body still intact with all her clothes,” Faris said. “She was swallowed first from her head.” Videos posted on some websites showed villagers slicing open the python’s carcass with a machete to reveal the woman’s lifeless corpse. Faris said the woman’s garden, about half a mile from her house, is located in a rocky area with caves and cliffs believed to contain many snakes. Wa Tiba was probably killed before she was swallowed. Pythons typically grab onto their prey with dozens of sharp curved teeth and then squeeze it to death before swallowing it whole. Reports of humans being killed by pythons are extremely rare. The snakes generally eat monkeys, pigs and other mammals. Attacks on humans are supposed to be as rare as winning the lottery and being struck by lightning at the same time, according to the Washington Post report.
In Indonesia, reticulated pythons can still grow to enormous sizes, and when that happens they can view humans as a prey item. Unfortunately this exact scenario happened in recently, when a massive reticulated python attacked a woman, which cost her her life. A 54-year-old woman named Wa Tiba went to work in her garden, and when she never returned, her family and about 100 villagers went to search for her only to find a bloated 23-foot-long python. The python was killed, and sliced open with a machete, to reveal the woman’s lifeless corpse. The python attacked the woman, suffocated her in its coils, and then swallowed her whole clothes and all. Sadly horrible incidents like this can happen occasionally in Indonesia, in March of 2017 a missing 25-year-old man was found dead inside a similarly sized python, and in October of 2017 a security guard was seriously injured during a predatory attack from a 25-foot-long python.
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