Video Credit: AsiaWire
This is the moment a Chinese medicine vendor is found unconscious and covered in scorpions and cockroaches after he was reportedly stung by one of his venomous arachnids while attempting to infuse it in alcohol.
Police in the city of Siyang, which is in China’s south-western province of Sichuan Province, were called to a local market where residents said the Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioner sells bottles of his bug- and scorpion-infused drink.
Auxiliary policeman Liu Haifeng, who was one of the first responders on 10th September, said: “When we arrived at the scene, we found the male victim lying motionless on the ground.
“He was unconscious and covered in scorpions.
“We tried to wake him by shaking his shoulder, but then we found a pair of tongs nearby and started removing the scorpions from his body.”
Footage taken by witnesses shows Officer Liu and other residents doing their best to swipe away some of the 20-odd scorpions found on the vendor’s clothes as well as on the ground around him.
Several wingless and flightless cockroaches of the species Eupolyphaga sinensis were also found on him, reports said.
Like venomous scorpions, the bugs are infused in alcohol and sold as a cure for ailments ranging from the common cold to cancer.
The drink is also said to boost ‘male vigour’ despite no backing from the science community in China or abroad.
According to reports, the ambulance arrived 10 minutes later and the vendor was taken to hospital where doctors confirmed he was being treated for a suspected scorpion sting.
He is not in any life-threatening condition, reports said, but the exact cause of the accident is still being investigated.
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