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[Graphic] Guangdong Man Dies from Bite from Severed Snake Head

Posted: 08/25/2014 1:06 pm

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A chef in Foshan, Guangdong has been killed by the Thailand king cobra he was preparing for a meal when it bit him long after its head was cut off, reports China Daily. Some reports say the head had been severed for 10 minutes when the bite occurred, with other reports saying 20 minutes had passed.

The victim has been identified as Peng Fan from Shunde. He was working in an unidentified restaurant that serves poisonous snakes to customers. Peng was throwing out the decapitated snake head when he was bit.

“It is a highly unusual case but it appears to be just an accident,” a police spokesman said. “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.”

One news report used the incident to look more closely at the dangers posed by severed snake heads. It shows how snakes continue to move after having their heads separated from their body. This video goes to a a snake farm where several snakes have their heads cut off:

severed snake head

Earlier this month, an online community was outraged because they suspected a Shenzhen woman released live poisonous snakes into a local park.

Southern China is home to 35 types of snakes that are venomous. These include the Chinese cobra, the king cobra, Fea’s viper, and Russell’s viper.

Photo: Daily Mail


Guangdong tap water spews out leeches, insects, dead eels, baby frogs

Posted: 03/27/2014 9:02 am

If you woke up to find your tap water spewing out leeches, dead eels, baby frogs and other colourful insects, you would almost certainly be suing whatever company supplies your drinking water. Here in the 2,000-member Liangtian village in Guangdong, the local water company gave up water purification and disinfection a long time ago, and the local government hasn’t bothered to do anything about it.

The quality of the tap water in the village is so bad that the total bacteria count found in the water is tested at 2,200 colony forming unit per litre (CFU/L), 22 times higher than the maximum level of 100 CFU/L allowed in tap water, Nanfang Agriculture Daily reported on March 26. CFU is an estimate of viable bacterial or fungal numbers. In addition, the water also contains higher density of coliform bacteria and higher levels of iron, the report said.

To put the severity of the unhealthy water in perspective, villagers are not even using the water for showers, let alone drinking. Below is a photo of one of the water sources leading to the village:

It’s hard to imagine this is the result of the village’s water improvement project last year, which attracted a total of RMB 700,000 (about $113,000) in investment. When villagers confronted their local government about the heinous water quality, the government brushed it off and said they only supervised the construction and had nothing to do with the water quality.

To make the government’s none-of-my-business attitude clearer, the head from the Water Department in Huangtian Town, which manages Liangtian village, said of all the 17 villages under administration by the town, only six have safe drinking water; the other 11 are all left on their own. He said a bigger village in the town, with a population of 3,000, still gets by without water disinfection, as if to dismiss the case.

Then what should the villagers do? Hold their nose and filter out the insects when drinking? Maybe the policy in town should be: Don’t ask. Don’t Smell. Just drink with your eyes closed!

Home page and content page photo from Nanfang Agriculture Daily


Lawless village official suspected of poisoning fish pond in Guangzhou

Posted: 09/7/2012 7:00 am

A village’s party branch secretary Liang Guangliang is suspected of poisoning a villager’s fish pond and threatening others on the outskirts of Guangzhou, Southern Metropolis Daily reports.

Liang, 60, has served as party branch secretary in Xinlou Village in the city’s Baiyun District for more than 20 years. He is suspected of leading a criminal gang composed of his relatives, burning villagers’ cars, throwing buckets of paint at their houses, poisoning their fish ponds and throwing explosives onto their land in a bid to monopolize the land.

Jiang Xiangqing, a local contractor, rented a fishpond in the village. He said his fishpond has been poisoned 5 times since 2007. “They would poison it annually, usually at the end of the year. But on one occasion, they poisoned it twice in 15 days.”

Jiang said the gang members chose to poison the pond at the end of the year because that is usually the peak season for anglers. A former chairman of the village committee claimed that he had once had a bucket of red paint thrown at his door and a homemade torpedo had been thrown at his window after he refused to offer electricity to light the surrounding area of a gang member’s fish pond.

The current chairman has also been threatened and intimidated: his brother’s car was burned in front of his house. Liang Guangliang has also been accused of bribing other party members during the party branch committee election in 2008.

The villagers’ plight appeared hopeless until police took Liang Nuanqiu, a relative of Liang Guangliang, to point out which ponds had been poisoned.

The case is now under investigation.

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