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 story says the woman bought the live snake and kept it in spirits, preserved, as she drank the wine regularly for rheumatism. A local Chinese paper notes that she was adding more alcohol to the bottle when it sprang to life. She suffered “inflammation”, was treated and released.
I call BULLSHIT on this one. There are MANY problems with this, not the least of which is how could the snake be alive? Snakes can survive shortly after beheading (as seen here: Warning – friggin’ scary) but they can NOT survive alive in alcohol for months. Probably not even a day. I’m not sure anything could tolerate that.
Besides, what kind of snake? How did she get a live snake in the bottle in the first place? Why did it not move or attack her before? Did anyone go and check out the snake? Was she really bitten by a snake or something else? TONS of questions. No answer. Shenanigans.
Oddly enough, there are other similar cases.
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.
Snake wine, as noted, is common. The snakes preserved are usually venomous. It is said that the venom is inactivated due to the alcohol. The concoction is used for Traditional Chinese medicine treatments. Or, in other words, bogus. What a waste of a good snake.
Note: The following is a spoof.