For the second time in barely more than a year, an Indonesian villager has been swallowed whole by a python.
Wa Tiba, 54, left her home on Muna island to visit her cornfield on Thursday night, according to the Jakarta Post.
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.
The snakes normally feed on smaller mammals. Attacks on humans are supposed to be as rare as winning the lottery and being struck by lightning at the same time, as Amy B Wang wrote for The Washington Post. Nevertheless, just such a horror took place on an adjacent island last year, when a man’s body was extracted from a 23-foot-long python, shown in a gruesome YouTube video.
Tiba had been concerned about wild boars, not so much snakes, as she walked through her cornfield that night, the Jakarta Post reported. The pigs had been raiding the crops lately, thus the inspection.
When she had not returned by sunrise, her sister went to the field to look for her.
She found only Tiba’s footprints, her flashlight, her machete and slippers.
In the morning on Friday, about 100 people from the village of Persiapan Lawela combed the fields, Agence France-Presse reported.
They found the snake a few dozen yards from Tiba’s belongings. It was 23 feet long and so bloated it could barely move. A long bulge midway down its body had a foreboding look to it.