INDONESIAN farmers were left in shock after finding their friend inside a seven-metre-long python in his backyard.
The 25-year-old Akbar Salubiro had been missing since Sunday after setting off to harvest oil palm near his village. A search party found the snake with a large bulge in its stomach, the man’s boots clearly visible.
The village secretary in West Sulawesi province, Salubiro Junaidi, told the media that “residents cut open the belly of the snake and Akbar was lifeless.”
“People had heard cries from the palm grove the night before Akbar was found in the snake’s stomach.”
An onlooker captured cutting open the snake on video, which was posted to local newspaper Tribun Timur’s website.
Retriculated pythons are found across Indonesia and other parts of Southeast Asia and are the longest snakes in the world.
According to National Geographic, Indonesia’s reticulated pythons can kill and eat slow lorises, sun bears, and even adult Sulawesi pigs.
Tribun Timur reported that Salubiro’s wife said she only found out when pictures and video emerged in the news. Sadly, he leaves behind two children.