This viral video seen over a million times in 24 hours shows a man playing with a deadly cobra before the killer snake gives him a venomous bite that killed him moments later.
The video viewed and shared widely among residents of Liuzhou, a city in China’s southern Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, shows the unnamed man having captured the reptile by its tail.
In the footage, the man wearing sandals and a light blue polo shirt swings the snake – reportedly a cobra – around his arm and leg, failing to protect himself as he forgets to hold on to the animal’s head.
Seconds later, the cobra slithers around his right arm and suddenly jabs at his shoulder, appearing to land the venomous bite to the right side of his chest.
The man drops the snake as the video ends, with a picture then showing him lying on a hospital stretcher, his bite wound having turned purple and black from the venom.
Picture Credit: AsiaWire
According to reports, he underwent treatment at a local hospital but did not survive his injuries.
He is not believed to have received antiserum in time as the venom travelled quickly to his heart.
Local media reports have yet to identity precisely when and where the footage was filmed.
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