A seven-meter-long python swallowed an Indonesian man whole, remaining in his garden to digest his prey. The victim was found when a villager noticed a clear shape of boots in the belly of the snake. Such incidents are not that rare in remote Indonesian islands.
The Victim Was Supposed to Be Harvesting Palm Oil
Akbar Salubiro was last seen on March 26, when he was heading towards a remote village located in the Sulawesi island to harvest palm oil. After the men went MIA, local villagers started to grow increasingly concerned, organizing a search party. Moreover, it seems locals heard cries coming from the palm tree grove the night the 25-year-old went missing.
The group didn’t have to travel long as a seven-meters python was found resting in the man’s garden, trying to digest its fresh meal. The highly visible boot mark on the snake’s belly led the others to believe that they have found Salubiro.
Upon cutting the snake open with a knife, the villagers were faced with the grim truth – Salubiro had been swallowed alive by the seven-meter python a few feet away from his house. The man never even reached the palm tree plantation where he was supposed to work.
As reticulated pythons are known to suffocate their victims before proceeding to ingest them, there was little chance for the villagers to find Salubiro alive inside his cold-blooded killer.
The Family Found Out from the Media
At the time of the accident, Salubiro’s wife and two children were away. When Munu saw the videos and pictures that started circulating in the media, she immediately recognized her husband, the horror still deeply implanted in her heart.
The video clearly shows a group of male individuals slicing the snake open using a long knife under the lights of more than a dozen flashlights. As the fresh skin on the snake’s stomach is cut, other bystanders start peeling it off, revealing the lifeless partially digested body of the man.
As the palm oil industry continues to grow, more and more palm tree plantations replace local flora, affecting the ecosystem’s balance. Predators are searching for food in unusual locations while smaller, less-adaptable animals are approaching extinction. Salubiro’s death is a tragic and unfortunate reminder that human intervention is considerably altering the fauna’s behavioral patterns.
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