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Headless Snake Bites Well-Known Chef In Freak Accident

A chef in China who was making a dish from cobra flesh died when the snake's head bit him, more than 20 minutes after it was first cut off.

Chef Peng Fan was preparing a dish made from the Indochinese spitting cobra, a rare delicacy in Asia where eating snakes is commonplace.

However, when he tried to chuck the serpent's cut off head into the trash, it bit him with its poisonous fangs.

Police say Peng died before he could receive the life-saving anti-venom.

Patrons of the restaurant said they heard screams coming from the kitchen that night.

Restaurant guest Lin Sun was in the restaurant with his wife Su, and commented: "We were in the restaurant having a meal for my wife's birthday when suddenly there was a lot of commotion. We did not know what was happening but could hear screams coming from the kitchen.”

A police spokesman remarked: "It is a highly unusual case but it appears to be just an accident. He prepared the snake himself and was just unlucky. There was nothing that could be done to save the man. Only the anti-venom could have helped but this was not given in time. It was just a tragic accident."

The poisonous cobra snake was being chopped up for use in snake soup, a delicacy in many areas of China often served in fancy restaurants. There has been an increasing demand for snake products in China in the last few years, both for consumption and for use in traditional medicine.

Source: Mirror
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