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Chef killed by cobra as he tried to cook it


Posted on Sunday, 24 August, 2014 | Comment icon 35 comments

Cobras can be extremely deadly. Image Credit: CC BY 2.0 Luca Boldrini
The man had been preparing to cook a rare Asian delicacy when he was bitten by the dead snake's head.
The Indochinese spitting cobra had been killed beforehand so that it was ready to be used in the meal, but when chef Peng Fan went to prepare the snake for use in the dish he received a deadly bite from the deceased reptile's head as he was throwing it in the bin.

Unfortunately the venom, which was some of the deadliest in the animal kingdom, acted too quickly and Fan died before he could receive the treatment he needed in hospital.

"It is a highly unusual case, but it appears to be just an accident," said a police spokesman. "He prepared the snake himself and was just unlucky. There was nothing that could be done to save the man. It was just a tragic accident."

Snake expert Yang Hong-Chang maintains that the reptiles can still bite and inject venom in to a victim even after the head of the animal has been separated from its body.

"It is perfectly possible that the head remained alive and bit Peng's hand," he said. "By the time a snake has lost its head, it's effectively dead, as basic body functions have ceased, but there is still some reflexive action."

Source: Yahoo! News | Comments (35)

Tags: Cobra, Chef

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #26 Posted by Silent Trinity on 25 August, 2014, 6:02
Sorry but I actually laughed out loud when I read this.....Imbecile....Now to convince Gordon Ramsey to start cooking this.... regularly
Comment icon #27 Posted by Nzo on 25 August, 2014, 20:01
They should rename this species of snake.... wait for it.... Karma.
Comment icon #28 Posted by atomk12 on 27 August, 2014, 17:07
Well done Mr. Cobra ! These asians are messed up in their brains eating creatures they shouldn't touch ! You show them well.... Agreed, many Asian cultures are eating animals and insects and sea life that they should not be eating. These Asians could care less about the quality of life.
Comment icon #29 Posted by zaroaster on 27 August, 2014, 20:37
you can never trust a snake lol
Comment icon #30 Posted by zaroaster on 27 August, 2014, 20:41
even unto death seriously how can people eat these kinda things yuk
Comment icon #31 Posted by DieChecker on 27 August, 2014, 21:02
How can they eat the snake?? The chef that died is probably lucky they didn't eat him too! If you are hungry enough, anything that moves is food.
Comment icon #32 Posted by Sweetpumper on 27 August, 2014, 21:12
They should pass a law banning cobra heads.
Comment icon #33 Posted by psyche101 on 28 August, 2014, 7:16
It does seem that a snake has a much slower metabolism then a mammal, or bird, which die almost immediately if their head is cut off. I'd imagine that a snake's brain and musculature in the head would live for many minutes, if not a whole hour. Living in Australia, we have our fair share of dangerous snakes, we were told when growing up, if you kill a snake, or know of someone killing a snake, do not go back near it until the sun has set" - meaning the next day. Rule of thumb.
Comment icon #34 Posted by psyche101 on 28 August, 2014, 7:17
How can they eat the snake?? The chef that died is probably lucky they didn't eat him too! If you are hungry enough, anything that moves is food. I know a few people that have eaten snake, not tried it myself, all of them said it was delicious.
Comment icon #35 Posted by Dracona15 on 29 August, 2014, 13:53
COBRA!!!!!


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