Wa Tiba: Missing Indonesian Lady Found Inside Giant Python

A woman was found dead in the belly of an 7-metre-long python. The body of 54-year-old Indonesian woman, Wa Tiba, was found when villagers cut open the giant snake.

She was previously reported missing. She was recovered from the giant snake that was captured and killed near the place where she went missing.

NDTV and The Times of Israel reported that, the villagers killed the swollen snake and emptied its stomach on the island of Muna, offshore of Sulawesi.

Muna Police chief Agung Ramos Paretongan Sinaga said the housewife disappeared on Thursday night after she went to inspect her plantation around 1km away from her house.

Wa Tiba's family became anxious as she did not return home even the next day. Her sister went looking for her at the plantation, only to find her footprints, a torch, slippers and a machete on the ground.
Reticulated Pythons Can Grow to Large Lengths 

Wa Tiba's family and villagers launched a search for her.

Another police official said that villagers found the giant serpent lying about 30 metres from Wa Tiba's sandals and machete, adding she was swallowed head first and her body was found intact.

When they cut open the snakes belly they found Tiba's body still intact with all her clothes. She was swallowed first from her head. According to Faris, the victims garden is located in a rocky area with caves and cliffs believed to contain many snakes.

Giant pythons are commonly found in Indonesia and the Philippines. Though they have been known to attack small animals, attempts to eat people are rare.

Reticulated pythons, which are widespread in Indonesia and other parts of Southeast Asia, grab onto their prey with dozens of sharp curved teeth and then squeeze it to death before swallowing it whole.

It was the second python attack on a human in Indonesia since March last year, when a 25-year-old man was swallowed whole by a python in West Sulawesi province. In March 2017, another farmer was killed by a python in the village of Salubiro on Sulawesi island. - Daily Sun


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