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Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Bruce - Just Be Glad This Didn't Happen To You

I'll bet that any travel advisories you were given before your trip to South Asia neglected to warn you of the peril of "Trouser Snakes."



Trouser snake kills Cambodian man

Phnom Penh (dpa) - A Cambodian man who took off his trousers, tied the legs at the bottom and wrangled a 2-metre cobra into them died when it bit him through the fabric, local media reported Monday.


Khmer-language daily Koh Santepheap quoted police as saying Chab Kear, 36, saw the reptile swimming in a river just outside the capital last Thursday during a drinking session and captured it in the hopes of selling it later in the day.


He tied the animal inside his trousers and a scarf around his waist, but as he continued carousing the enraged snake managed to get its fangs free and bite Kear three times on the stomach.


The newspaper reported Kear's last words as being "don't worry - it's nothing a drink can't fix" before he succumbed to the cobra's venom.

2 comments:

Bruce Heimbigner said...

No doubt there are some crazy people there.

To earn money some people capture baby boas or pythons in the mountains, feed them rats for a couple months and use the ‘docile’ giant snakes to freak out the foreigners and charge a buck to have it hung around their necks while they wait for an elephant ride.

When we headed into the jungle the only predator to cause us grief was the leaches, they are aggressive and gross.

Paul E. Zimmerman, M.A. said...

Bruce: "When we headed into the jungle the only predator to cause us grief was the leaches, they are aggressive and gross."

They have Democrats in Burma? :)