Akbar (who goes by only one name, as is common in Indonesian culture) is a 25- year old Indonesian man that went missing on Sunday somewhere on the island of Sulawesi. He went there to try and harvest some palm oil. When police went to investigate into his disappearance, they found a giant python and they believe that the snake had swallowed the man.
As unbelievable as that may seem, when they cut open the twenty three foot long snake open, they found the mans body inside it’s stomach, completely lifeless. His boots went undigested and were clearly visible in the stomach of the snake. Typically a python of this size hunts large prey like boars or wild dogs, but unfortunately for Akbar, he was in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Mashura, a spokesperson for the police in West Sulawesi province told BBC Indonesian that villagers reported to police that Akbar had been missing for 24 hours. Police then conducted a search and found the snake near the family’s palm plantation.
“They didn’t find him (Akbar), but the villagers saw an unmoving python in the ditch. They grew suspicious that maybe the snake had Akbar. When they cut it open, Akbar was inside the snake,” Mashura, who like many Indonesians goes by one name, said.
Village secretary Salubiro Junaidi told The Jakarta Post: “People had heard cries from the palm grove the night before Akbar was found in the snake’s stomach.
“When the snake was captured, the boots Akbar was wearing were clearly visible in the stomach of the snake.
“Resident[s] cut open the belly of the snake and Akbar was lifeless.”