By Erik Crouch
Image credit: @streaminspector
In what appears to be a deliberate act of crazed anarchy (or at least moderate mischief) dozens of snakes were released throughout the campus of the Guangdong University of Foreign Studies and the larger campus of Guangzhou University City.
Students found between 50 and 60 snakes slithering and being hit by cars on a campus road on December 8th, and it is estimated that at least 40 additional snakes were also let loose.
After an initial scare, the snakes (which a Weibo user said were about 50cm long) were found not to be venomous. Nevertheless, students are encouraged to contact university authorities if they see any more snakes, and not “poke or try to catch it” themselves. Many of the snakes had bite marks and signs that they had been held in a confined space, which leads authorities to believe that this was an intentional prank and not – as some students had believed – a sign of the impending apocalypse.