ecently, one cobra tried slithering into the wrong security booth in the Guangdong city of Foshan. For its mistake, the creature is now being steeped inside a jar of Chinese rice wine.
In a clip shared by Pear Video, a security guard can be seen wrangling the cobra with a long stick before picking it up with his bare hands and promptly removing the snake’s fangs.
Afterward, the man explains that he plans to use the animal to make some medicinal snake wine, a popular traditional Chinese medicine concoction that is believed to help treat lower back pain, rheumatism, and other afflictions. At home, he shows off a jug of the stuff he’s already made.
Chinese netizens have noted that perhaps the worst fate for a snake is to be caught by someone from Guangdong. The province has a well-earned reputation as the home to China’s most adventurous eaters — a popular saying goes that they will “eat anything that has four legs except for a table, anything that flies except for an airplane, and anything that swims except for a submarine.
Earlier this month, a snake escaped from the kitchen of a restaurant in the provincial capital of Guangzhou, only to be quickly caught by a customer and returned. While, back in May, another snake slithered its way into a dorm room in the central Chinese city of Chongqing, where it was caught, cooked, and eaten by the students.