A 36-year-old woman was found dead in the stomach of a python in Indonesia

The unfortunate woman left her home on Tuesday morning to buy medicine for her sick child and never returned

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A woman was found dead in the belly of a python that had swallowed her whole, police in the Indonesian province of South Sulawesi said today.

The 36-year-old woman disappeared after leaving her home Tuesday morning to buy medicine for her sick child, police said. Her relatives, worried, went to look for her.

Her husband discovered her shoes and trousers lying on the ground about 500 meters from their home in Sitemba village.

“Shortly after, he spotted a reptile about ten meters from the trail. The reptile was still alive," local police chief Indul, who, as is customary in the country, uses only one name, told AFP.

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The husband suspected what had happened after noticing the python's "very large" belly, added Iyang, a village official. He then called the villagers to help him open the reptile's stomach and then his wife's body appeared.

Such incidents are extremely rare, but several people have died in Indonesia in recent years from being swallowed by pythons.

In early June, a 45-year-old woman was found dead in the stomach of a reticulated python (PS: the reticulated python is a species of python native to South and Southeast Asia, the longest snake in the world and the third heaviest), about five meters long .

That incident took place in the same province of South Sulawesi, also called Kelevi, but in a different village.

Last year, residents of the Tinangea district, in the southeast of Sulawesi island, killed an eight-meter python after they found it was trying to strangle and swallow a farmer.

In 2018, a 54-year-old woman was found dead inside a seven-meter python in the commune of Muna, in the southeast of the same region. Last year, a 4-meter python ate a farmer in West Sulawesi on an oil palm plantation.