Missing woman found inside giant python in Indonesia after two days

In central Indonesia, a woman was found dead inside a python after being swallowed whole, marking the fifth such incident in the country since 2017, local officials reported Saturday.

Farida, a 45-year-old mother of four, went missing Thursday night in Kalempang village, South Sulawesi province. Her husband and local residents initiated a search on Friday after discovering her belongings near their home.

The search led them to a reticulated python, approximately five meters (16 feet) long, with a noticeably large belly.

“They agreed to cut open the python’s stomach, and as soon as they did, Farida’s head was immediately visible,” said Suardi Rosi, the village head. Farida was found fully clothed inside the snake.

Graphic video footage of the incident has been circulated, showing the snake being cut open and Farida’s body being carried away in a blanket.

Reticulated pythons are widespread in Indonesia and Southeast Asia, known to prey on monkeys, pigs, and other mammals by using their sharp, curved teeth to grasp their prey and then constricting them to death before swallowing them whole.

Human fatalities from python attacks are rare, but several such incidents have occurred in Indonesia in recent years.

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