'This is definitely weird': Snake bites man, man bites snake, man ends up in intensive care

‘He bit the snake and chewed it into pieces,’ says victim’s father

Adam Forrest
Tuesday 30 July 2019 07:46
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Rat snake bites man so man bites snake back

An Indian man who was bitten by a snake got his immediate revenge on the reptile by biting it back and killing it, the man’s father said.

Raj Kumar was relaxing at home in Etah, the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, enjoying an alcoholic beverage when a snake slithered inside and bit him.

“A snake bit him. So, in turn, he bit it and chewed it into pieces,” said his father, Babu Ram.

The man’s family took him to hospital, where his condition was said to be critical, and brought the chewed up snake along to show the doctors.

“This is definitely weird,” said Mr Kumar’s doctor, NP Singh. “I’ve seen people coming in with snakebites, but never somebody who bit a snake and then brought it with him in a bag.”

The reptile that bit him was reported to have been a rat snake, which experts regard as usually not venomous.

Mr Kumar’s father said the victim was inebriated when the incident took place on Sunday.

“My son was drunk … he bit the snake and crunched it into pieces,” Mr Ram told Indian media. Doctors said he had been moved to another hospital for treatment.

Mr Kumar’s family reportedly cremated the snake after the incident.

It is not the first time a human being has snapped back at a snake.

Just last month a 60-year-old Indian man was wiped out by a reptile bite in the Gujarat state, but killed the attacking snake with a bite of his own shortly before his death.

Additional reporting by Reuters

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