The lifeless body of a man, Akbar Bin Ramil, has been cut out of a python after he was swallowed whole by the huge 23-foot snake in Indonesia.
Ramil who is a 25-year-old father of two was presumed missing on Sunday, March 26, when he set off to harvest palm oil in some remote village on an island.
According to the Washington Post, his relatives and friends got even more concerned when they found a giant python sprawled out in Ramil's own garden.
They descended on the serpent and cut its swollen belly open using an 18-inch long hunting knife, only to find Akbar lifeless body inside the huge snake.
NAIJ.com gathered that the 25-year-old was trying to harvest palm oil so he could provide for his wife, Muna and his two children.
According to the villagers in Central Mamuju Regency the young man was planning on using the money from his farm to relocate his family.
Junaedi, the village's secretary, said the discovery of the deceased consumed by a python has left the locals in the area in fear for their lives especially since this is the time of year when they work around the snakes’ terrain.
He said: “These days, we are supposed to harvest palm oil. But most of the farmers, especially those whose farms are near Akbar’s, are still shocked, afraid that more pythons are still out there.”
Junaedi said the last time a reticulated python as large as the one that attacked the victim was seen in the area was back in the 1990s.
An agriculture lecturer at Hasanuddin University in Makassar simply identified as, Rahmansyah, believes the attack unfolded this week due to the ongoing deforestation taking place in the area as a result of the palm-oil industry.
Rahmansyah said: “Because the habitat is destroyed, the snake’s natural food sources are also affected, thus, the snake went out to the palm-oil plantation to seek prey.”
So sad! May his soul rest in peace.
Watch NAIJ.com's video interview with farmers protesting colleague's kidnap below: