A 25-year-old Indonesian man was reported missing Monday after he didn’t return home from harvesting palm oil a day earlier. The village began a relentless search for the missing man and found him shortly after inside a 23-foot-long python.
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The body of Akbar Salubiro was found inside the python after villagers found the snake slithering awkward in a ditch close to where Salubiro went missing.
“We were immediately suspicious that the snake had swallowed Akbar because around the site we found palm fruit, his harvesting tool, and a boot,” said Junaidi, a senior village official.
The concerned villagers immediately killed the snake and recorded a video of them cutting into the enormous reptile. It’s unclear if Salubiro antagonized the snake or if the snake just saw an opportune time to eat. The senior village official also said that they suspect Salubrio was swallowed whole, a first-ever for the region.
The video, which was released by Tribun Timur, shows the villagers crowding around the snake as they begin to cut into it and two legs begin to show from inside the snake.
This is such an usual occurrence because reticulated pythons are not known to bother humans or even prey on them, according to USA Today. They tend to prey on much smaller mammals. They have been known to sometimes ingest medium-sized boars but even that is rare..
Pythons use their massive body to squeeze their prey to death, breaking their bones in the process. They are then able to swallow their food whole and began digesting it.
The snake was slithering awkward because of Salubiro’s shoulder blades, according to the BBC. “The restricting factor is human shoulder blades because they are not collapsible,” Mary-Ruth Low, Singapore Zoo’s conservation & research officer and a reticulated python expert said.
Pythons have been known to misjudge how big their prey is. In 2005, a python tried to swallow an adult alligator in Florida, but both animals died after the python burst open.