Python (file photo)
‘Betara Jambi police chief AKP S Harefa, who confirmed the incident, said, “The victim was found in the snake’s stomach,” adding that her body was intact when it was found’
Police have confirmed the killing and swallowing of a woman in her rubber plantation by a 16-feet python.
The Indonesian woman, Jahrah Harefa, from Jambi province, was killed and swallowed whole by a python.
Betara Jambi police chief AKP S Harefa, who confirmed the incident, said, “The victim was found in the snake’s stomach,” adding that her body was intact when it was found.
He however narrated that the victim’s husband had on Sunday night found some of her clothes and tools she had used at the rubber plantation, leading him to call on a search party.
After the snake – which was at least 5m (16ft) long – was spotted on Monday, villagers then caught and killed it to verify the victim’s identity.
“After they cut the belly apart, they found it was Jahrah inside,” Mr Harefa told CNN Indoneisa.
Jahrah, a rubber-tapper reportedly in her 50s, had made her way to work at a rubber plantation on Sunday morning.
She was reported missing after failing to return that night, and search parties sent out to find her. A day later villagers found a python with what appeared to be a large stomach.
Locals later killed the snake and found her body inside.
Though such incidents are rare, this is not the first time someone in Indonesia has been killed and eaten by a python, according to BBC report. Two similar deaths were reported in the country between 2017 and 2018.
Pythons swallow their food whole. Their jaws are connected by very flexible ligaments so they can stretch around large prey.