Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Snake Preserved In Wine For 3 Months Comes To Life And Bites Woman

Snake Patiently Plots It's Vengeance

"The Year of the Snake has proved unlucky for one woman in northern China who received hospital treatment after opening a bottle of wine containing a snake that suddenly jumped out and bit her hand.

The surprise attack occurred after the woman surnamed Liu from Shuangcheng, Heilongjiang Province decided to add more alcohol to the bottle when the snake, which she had bought live in June and since kept pickled in spirits, pulled a Jesus and sprung to life, dbw.cn reported on September 3.
Liu received treatment at a local hospital for inflammation, explaining she drank snake wine regularly to cure her rheumatism. Alcohols containing preserved snakes boasting medicinal properties are common in China.

A similar case involving a serpent resurrection occurred in 2009 when a Hubei Province resident surnamed Zhang was bit two months after he attempted a similar brew. Zhang was not severely injured, unlike a villager from Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region in April 2001 who died a day after being bitten from a preserved wine snake.



Dr. Theda said...

One word comes to mind.... Surprise...!!!"

Laury Coenen said...

I wonder how those snakes stayed alive though (even more how they weren't drunk)?

David said...

I doubt that they were alive. I know that when some snakes heads are cut off they can still bite long after the separation. Maybe some sort of dead reflex action is in play here. It would be a strange and notable way to die though wouldn't it?

David said...


I submitted this to Snopes.com - the truth finding website because I wasn't able to dig anything up on this. If I hear from them I will let you know.

David said...

Snopes just sent me a form letter so I don't know if they will cover this. I did find this information though:

"Surprisingly, incidents such as these are not all that rare. By lowering their metabolism and heart-rate, snakes are able to enter a state of hibernation. This particular snake, it would seem, was able to remain alive for so long since the container in which it was being pickled was not completely airtight."