When alcohol is your life, stories like this surface. Today a story went viral about a drunk woman getting eaten by a python while past out on the floor of a liquor store in India.
Doing a little investigation, this story has been replicated multiple times. According to HoaxSlayer.com, a reputable debunking site, this isn’t the first time this happened.
This photo originated in South Africa, not India.
The claims in the message are untrue. The very same picture has been circulating in other contexts since at least September, 2012. Linda Laina Nyatoro did post the image on her Facebook page in June 2013, but states in comments that she did not witness the attack as claimed in the message. Earlier versions variously claim that the snake in the picture swallowed a drunken man asleep by a roadway, a man in Jakarta, Indonesia after floods hit the region, and a snake expert that was tending to the snake. None of these variants to the story have been confirmed by any credible news reports. While large snakes such as rock pythons have killed humans, confirmed and documented cases of such snakes actually swallowing adult humans are very rare.
I guess you have to decide for yourself sometimes. Personally, I would think a snake eating a human would be all over national news. But hey… it’s the internet. It has to be true right?