In what seems to be an absurd act of vengeance for decapitation, the head of an Indochinese spitting cobra attacked chef Pen Fan after being cut off in preparation of a special dish.
Diced snake soup is a delicacy in China and a highly sought-after dish in top-tier restaurants. The chef, who was from the Guangdong province, in southern China, was disposing of the severed head when the incident happened.
“We did not know what was happening but could hear screams coming from the kitchen,” said restaurant guest Lin Sun, 44. “There were calls for a doctor in the restaurant, but unfortunately by the time medical assistance arrived, the man had already died.”
“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,” a police spokesman said.
The cobra head had been severed for 20 minutes when it bit Pen Fan. According to Hong-Chang Yang, a snake expert who has studied cobras for 40 years, all reptiles can function for up to an hour after being cut off from their bodies. Because their metabolism is slower, their internal organs remain functional for a longer period.