We all do crazy things when we’re drunk – but an Indian man in Uttar Pradesh took the biscuit by biting a snake to death after he’d had one too many drinks.
The individual, Raj Kumar from Etah, was relaxing at his family home on a Sunday when a snake slithered into the property and bit him. He then proceeded to attack the snake in retaliation and ended up killing it by cutting it to pieces with his teeth.
“My son was drunk” affirmed the father of Kumar, Babu Ram. “A snake entered our home and bit him. He later bit the snake into pieces” he said.
Kumar has since been hospitalized, and his condition is fatal. His father has declared that there is little they can do for him: “We are unable to afford the expenses of his treatment” he said.
The doctor on duty, N.P. Singh when Kumar was brought in, was struck by the unusualness of the case. He said that on first hearing the news, he had misunderstood it to mean the man had been bitten by the snake, instead of him biting the reptile and falling sick in turn.
“This is definitely weird” commented Dr Singh. “I’ve seen people coming in with snakebites, but never somebody who bit a snake and then brought it with him in a bag.”
The snake that bit Kumar was a rat-snake of a non-venomous breed. According to local sources, Kumar’s parents cremated the snake which bit their son and performed its last rites.
This is not the first instance in which a man has made global headlines for biting a reptilian. Earlier in May of this year, an elderly 60-year-old man in the state of Gujarat, also in India, bit a snake after it bit him first. Both of them later died after the incident.