Villagers recover woman's body swallowed by giant python in Indonesia

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Wa Tiba's slime-covered corpse was discovered after the snake was sliced open in the nightmarish video, which has been likened to a horror film. "She was swallowed first from her head".

A 14.85 meter-long (49 feet) reticulated python curls in a box in Curugsewu, Central Java, Indonesia, Sunday, Dec. 28, 2003.

Villagers cut open the 23-foot python on the island of Muna, Southeast Sulawesi, to retrieve the body.

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 stomach-churning incident left residents of the remote village in Southeast Sulawesi, Indonesia, terrified for their lives.

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Some 100 residents, including anxious relatives, launched a search for the woman after she failed to return from her garden Thursday night. Around 100 locals carried out a massive search to find her and found the giant serpent lying about 30 metres from Tiba's sandals and a machete.

Faris said the villagers killed the snake and when they cut open its belly, they found the woman's body still intact with all her clothes.

The woman killed has been identified as 54-year-old Wa Tiba, a mother of two.

Junaidi said the snake had swallowed the farmer whole, adding that it was the only such fatality recorded in the region.

Reports of humans being killed by pythons are extremely rare. Staying in the same region as that of a big python is never advised as these natural constrictors when coming in contact with humans will exhibit their natural behaviour.

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