Horrific Ways People Have Been Eaten Alive


There are literally hundreds of ways your
life can come to an end. Disease, accident, natural causes or maybe
dying in your sleep to mention a few. Most of us try to avoid thinking about it,
but if we do, the one thing we would probably agree on is that however we meet our death,
hopefully it’s a painless one. But not all deaths are painless, and today
we’re going to explore one of the worst ways to exit the land of the living. Welcome to this episode of The Infographics
Show, People who have been eaten alive. When you research this subject online, there
is one story that comes up in Google searches on a number of articles and that’s the case
of Wa Tiba, a 54 year old Indonesian woman who has killed and swallowed whole by a 23
foot (7m) long python, in June this year. What exactly happened to this unfortunate
lady? Wa Tiba went missing while checking on her
vegetable garden on Muna Island in the Sulawesi province of Indonesia. It’s hard to know for sure how she spent
her final moments but locals searched high and low until eventually they came across
her sandals and machete. It was then that they spotted a giant python
with a bloated belly lying nearby. Local police chief Hamka told news outlet
AFP “Residents were suspicious the snake swallowed the victim, so they killed it, then carried
it out of the garden. The snake’s belly was cut open and the body
of the victim was found inside.” You can find some gruesome online footage
showing the woman’s body being cut out of the snakes belly in front of a large crowd. That’s a frightening story and what makes
it even more so is that it’s not the first. We found there are a few cases where people
have been eaten and swallowed alive by monster pythons and Indonesia looks to be a hotspot
for the activity. According to a 2015 article in National Geographic
magazine, the body of 25-year-old Akbar Salubiro, who worked on a palm oil plantation on the
Indonesian island of Sulawesi was also cut from the guts of a 23-foot-long snake. How does a snake consume something as large
as a fully-grown man? Firstly these snakes are huge, growing over
20 feet long and weighing more than one hundred pounds, and once they have hold of a person
they go for the kill. Pythons and other constricting snakes kill
by cutting off the blood flow in their victim’s body. A python’s powerful squeeze can end blood
flow to the heart within seconds. “The heart literally doesn’t have enough strength
to push against the pressure,” explained Scott Boback, a vertebrate ecologist at Dickinson
College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, who spoke to National Geographic. Pythons have been known to eat some very large
animals, such as crocodiles, hyenas, and even other large snakes. In 2005, a python in Florida even tried to
eat an entire alligator, which resulted in it bursting. So seems their eyes are sometimes too big
for their bellies! You could argue that this is not really being
eaten alive as the snake must first kill their victim but it’s still a pretty grizzly end. The word grizzly, brings us to the subject
of grizzly bears, which are occasionally in the news for attacks on people. But are there any cases of people being eaten
alive? One story of an attack by a Grizzly is that
of Mr. Treadwell, 46, and Miss Huguenard, 37, who in 2003 were found dead in Katmai
National Park, Alaska. The couple had been camping in a remote area
of 1.6 million hectare park. Mr. Treadwell, 46, was described as a bear
expert who often spoke about his adventures with the animals on television and in schools. So his risk of being mauled was higher than
most as he deliberately put himself in reach of these deadly animals. On the fateful day Treadwell had been recording
with his video recorder and though there was no footage captured, the police were able
to piece together the couples final moments as the audio was running. The sound only recording ran for a full six
minutes “They’re both screaming, she’s telling him to play dead, then it changes to fighting
back. He asks her to hit the bear,” Police Trooper
Chris Hill said. “There’s so much noise going on. I don’t know what’s him and what might be
an animal. It’s pretty disturbing. I keep hearing it in my mind.” When we think about stories of being eaten
alive for most of us the word shark also comes to mind. The 1975 fictional movie Jaws about a great
white shark that terrorized and killed a number of people at a seaside town helped to popularize
this notion, but is there any truth behind the stories? It’s hard to get exact numbers of shark
attacks for the majority of Third World coastal nations, as there is no method in place for
reporting suspected shark attacks. But to look at the US statistics, a person’s
chance of getting attacked by a shark is 1 in 11.5 million, and a person’s chance of
getting killed by a shark is less than 1 in 264.1 million. So a very low number indeed. But when you think of killer sharks Australia
nearly always comes to mind and for good reason. According to Wikipedia there have been 72
shark attacks that have resulted in death in the last 45 years, compared to 35 in America. So how about some real cases? The most recent one we could find was neither
in Australia or America. There was a man killed only last month while
swimming in the Red Sea off the coast of Egypt. The area is a popular tourist destination
and according news site, The Daily Star, holidaymakers have been warned that swimming in deep waters
can increase the risk of attack. The remains of the tourist, who is thought
to be Czech, were found on Marsa Alam beach. The chairman General of Marsa Alam city council,
Atef Wagdy, explained that the environment ministry has set up a committee to investigate
the death and the health ministry was handing over the body to the Czech Republic embassy. “There is no problem in diving,” said Mr.
Wagdy, but he also explained that swimming on the surface of deep water can be dangerous
and make people prone to attack. Another case we found of being eaten alive
is the shocking story of Frank Herrmann, a 56-year-old German homeless man who was living
under a bridge in Majorca. He was found trying to crawl out from under
the bridge and doctors discovered he had been covered in rat bites and that he had been
partially eaten. It looked like he had been trying to defend
himself when the rats took hold. He was taken to hospital but died from organ
failure. This article was published in the International
Business Times in 2013, but we also found a few counter arguments on Quora claiming
that the story may be exaggerated. So it’s hard to know how much the rats were
responsible or whether the living conditions also added to Herrmann’s unfortunate end. Whatever the truth, the last thing you would
want is rats gnawing at your body when you are close to death. So we’ve covered snakes, bears, sharks and
even rats. What else have people known to be eaten alive
by? We also found the story of Rebecca Zeni, a
former model who died in 2015 at age 93, at her Georgia nursing home. An autopsy report revealed she had died from
scabies during her stay there. What are scabies I hear you ask? Scabies is not an infection, but an infestation. Tiny mites that make their home in the outer
layers of human skin. According to the Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention “the microscopic scabies mite burrows into the upper layer of the skin
where it lives and lays its eggs.” Each female mite can lay between 10 and 25
eggs so once you are infested, these creepy crawlies can spread rapidly. The official report stated that Zeni’s cause
of death was “septicemia due to crusted scabies.” Not a pleasant way to die and we couldn’t
find any other cases of death by scabies, so a rare way for life to end. So, do you know other stories of people being
eaten alive? Let us know in the comments. Also be sure to check out our other video,
Do This If You Are Attacked By a Lion. Thanks for watching, and as always, don’t
forget to like, share and subscribe. See you next time!

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Reader Comments

  1. Conrad van Rensburg

    Guys, you porbably have viewers in lots of different places all around tbe world. America, Myanmar and Liberia are the only countries in the world that actually use the imperial system, so when someone says 12 feet you more or less have an idea of how long that is. But for the rest of your viewers in other countries if we're really curious as to how long that is, like the length of the snake for example, we cannot even begin to guess how long 12 feet might be, because it hasn't been hard wired into our brains. Please do the rest of us the courtesy of adding the metric system in your measurements alongside the imperial system. For example 12 feet, 3,658 metres. And also 5 ounces, 28,35 grams. That way we can also have a relative idea of the amount you're talking about without having to google it EVERY FRIKKEN TIME. Thank you

  2. Pedro Lopez

    Im pretty sure it’s the same thing with fleas, i had a neighbor that had his four legged best friend for about 10 years, she had diabetes and had an ulcer in her foot, the dog had fleas and she didn’t know, long story short, fleas got inside her foot, laid eggs and a couple of months later she died 💯😕 horrific way to die I’d say

  3. The Illusionist

    Dear Infographics team. What exactly is a “feet” and how would you measure it in the civilized world? Kind regards, civilized man

  4. Arthur Morgan

    That mid-evil way where they put 1 rat in a bucket against your skin and heat the bucket up thus making the rat eat through you to escape the heat ….sounds pretty horrible lol

  5. Delightfullydemented65 PMRChater

    I've learned through years spent hunting and fishing that ANYTHING will try to eat ANYTHING that it can fit in it's mouth…or at least "taste" whatever it tries to eat. Animals aren't unlike humans in that if something tastes bad, they'll spit it out. But sadly, fatal damage may very well have been done by the time you get spit back out. Also, it's only common sense that living things that survive by scavenging, will have humans on the "menu." Just like walking, talking badass Josie Wales said, "Buzzards gotta eat…same as worms." (Ya just gotta love Clint Eastwood…a true "badass" by any measure lol).

  6. Amy Gough

    Okay people have been eaten alive by rats before in bad conditions. In Auschwitz II in Poland they lived in very bad conditions and the rats were said to be huge and many people were supposedly eaten alive, their ears, hands, feet and the tour guide told us a horrifying story of a child seeing her mother with almost no skin on her covered in blood. Believe me, I'm not exaggerating when I say the conditions were bad. This was translated to me badly so the facts might not be on point but considering what they did to torture people there it's not that surprising

  7. jdsim9173

    So, none of these people were actually eaten alive, all except the last were killed by the animal then eaten and the last was killed by complications of a mite infestation.

  8. Tina's baby

    😣😣😣Wait!!! 2:40 the snake walked up and clubbed the guy…snakes got hands and feet and everything, hunh😂😂😂😂😂🤣🤣🤣🤣😂😂😂😂😂😂😂

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