A grandmother was swallowed alive by a 22-foot python in Indonesia after venturing into the woods to collect rubber.
Jahrah, 54, went missing on Friday night in Jambi province, Sumatra’s westernmost island.
Locals dispatched search groups, and two days later discovered a massive snake in a woodland clearing with a bulging tummy, which they cut apart to find her remains inside.
Anto, the leader of Jarah’s village, who, like many Indonesians, goes by one name, believes the python killed her by suffocating her with its body.
Anto stated that the grandmother died after an agonizing ordeal that could have lasted two hours.
The snake would have first pinned Jarah in place with its fangs, which are slanted backwards to provide extra grip.
It would then wrap its muscular body around her as swiftly as possible, gradually constricting her until she was unable to breathe.
It would have dislocated its jaw and gobbled her completely once she had suffocated.
The snake may have taken weeks to digest a meal that huge, and Jarah’s body seemed substantially intact – including her clothes – once the snake was cut open.
The official said: ‘The victim did not come home after saying goodbye to her family to go to the garden collecting rubber from trees on Friday.
‘Her family then reported her missing to the local authorities, and a search has been carried out since then.
‘Residents killed the snake and dissected its stomach. Everyone was astonished. It turned out that the woman we were looking for was in the snake’s stomach.’
Anto said no residents witnessed when Jahrah was eaten by a snake as she went to the forest alone.
He stated that the situation in his hamlet had become tense as a number of big pythons had been spotted close.
Residents had previously attempted to capture a longer snake, measuring roughly 27ft, but it was too strong to capture, he claimed.
‘Villagers are now concerned that larger snakes are still in the jungle,’ Anto noted. The presence of this massive snake has also resulted in the death of two local goats.’
Indonesia has a vast population of enormous reticulated pythons like the one that ate Jahrah. They live in distant areas and feed on wild animals, occasionally humans.
Akbar Salubiro was cut from the stomach of a python after being devoured alive on the Indonesian island of West Sulawesi in March 2017.