Ugh, we posted this in the Leftover links for Turkey Day, on Twitter and on Facebook several times to try to undo the silly tale of a man-eating snake. It does no good. If the story is too WOW it will just keep spreading, like a virus. So, once again, we are going to tell you why the Drunk man Eaten by Python story is a myth and why you should NOT believe it and certainly NOT pass on these stories on social media ESPECIALLY when they are accompanied by a sensational picture.
I’ll let an expert start the debunking on this one.
A story that went viral on Thanksgiving stated a python in Kerala, India had just swallowed a drunk man that was lying on the street outside of a liquor store. The story popped up just about everywhere on the internet. Several people e-mailed me the story and it also showed up a few times in my Twitter feed.
The author, Dr. David Steen, wildlife ecologist, goes on to say that this kind of python is not found in the area mentioned, that there is no record of a python EATING a person, (Killing, yes. Eating, no.) and most importantly for critical thinkers:
If the snake above had swallowed someone, you can bet that the snake would have been killed and cut open (with additional photographs taken). I don’t see any reason to think this snake ate anything out of the ordinary, like a pig or a deer.
In fact, you may have seen hoaxed photographs of just such a thing.
This story was not only fake, but old and fake. I was circulating a post from Hoax Slayer that noted the picture was from at least September of 2012. And, as these urban legends go, the story changed bit by bit (and was said to be from South Africa, Indonesia and China). It resurrected on a day when we were feeling a bit overstuffed ourselves. So, once again, I think a number of factors coincided to push this story to new popularity. You never know when that is going to happen.
Shame on the blogs that passed this around as fact, namely Lord Of the Drinks wordpress blog, which I saw linked to the most. And then the shares and retweets were off and running mainly due to the picture. Once again, as with these pictures and with this tale, real pictures were used to concoct an outrageous story. If you see one of these promoted as true by a blog, a forum post, on Facebook or through a tabloid, PLEASE DO NOT PASS IT ALONG! It is almost certainly a hoax and you are being duped into spreading fear and misinformation. Dog KNOWS we are already awash in that.