Decapitated Cobra Head Bites Chef [Graphic Video]

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By Athena Yenko | August 25, 2014 9:48 AM EST

An already decapitated cobra head was still able to bite a chef twenty minutes after the head was cut off from the snake's body. The chef died immediately before being given an anti-venom medication.

In preparing for a specialty menu, known as the Snake Soup, chef Peng Fan severed the cobra's head, left it aside while he diced its body.

Twenty-minutes after his preparation, he picked the cobra's decapitated head and plans to throw it in the garbage can. This was when the head bit him, and injected its poisonous venom into the chef's body.

The incident took place in a high-end restaurant in Guangdong province, southern China.

Restaurant guests said that they heard commotion from the kitchen. The staff at the restaurant then called for a doctor but the chef was already dead when the medical assistance arrived.

According to snake expert Yang Hong-chang, all reptiles can still use their reflex for up to an hour after losing body parts, or in the case of the cobra, their entire body.

"It is perfectly possible that the head remained alive and bit Peng's hand. 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. It means snakes have the capability of biting and injecting venom even after the head has been severed," told the Daily Mail.

According to investigating police, the case of a biting decapitated cobra head is highly unusual. The chef might just have a severe reaction to the bite that lead to the tragic accident.

Snake soup or any dish cooked with snake meat is popular in Guangdong province.

The Chinese culture, in general, believes that snake meat can cure diseases.

A locale of Guangdong province said that snake meat is not so easy to get and can be very expensive because of its amazing health benefits. The locale said that they have never heard any cases of death attributed to a dead snake, "especially not in the kitchen."

The video below shows how a cobra head is still capable of biting after being severed:

China is home to strange travel attractions that makes the country popular for the adventurous travelers.

In September, a 4D simulator of the experience of death through cremation - Samadhi - will open in Shanghai.

Samadhi uses highly advanced and creative special effects of hot air and light projections to create "an authentic experience of burning."

Participants will compete in numerous challenges with the aim of avoiding death. Those who will lose will be "cremated."

After their cremation, the losers will be placed to a soft, round, womb-like capsule that signify their "rebirth."

The winner will eventually die, in real life as all human beings will be, the game's philosophical co-founder Ding Rui told CNN.

"He'll also have to die of course... everyone will die eventually, no matter what they've survived."
Australians are being advised to exercise normal safety precautions when travelling to China, according to the recent travel advisory from the Australian Government released in May 2014.

A high degree of caution is advised if travelling to Tibet Autonomous Region and to Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region.

Australians are strongly advised that the Chinese government does not recognize dual nationality. Those who are Australian/Chinese dual national should travel using their Australian passport, obtain a visa for China and present self as Australian at all times.


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