The Year of the Snake proved unlucky for a woman, surnamed Liu, in Shuangcheng, Heilongjiang Province who needed hospital treatment after being bitten on the hand by a snake that jumped out of a bottle of wine.
Liu bought a live snake and preserved it in wine to cure her rheumatism. However the snake was still alive after spending three months in an alcohol filled bottle. When Liu opened the bottle to add more spirits, the snake attacked her, Global Times reports.
This isn’t the first time this has happened in China where snake wine is considered a powerful traditional medicine. In 2009, a Hubei Province resident surnamed Zhang was bitten after he attempted to make similar brew, and in 2001, a villager from Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region died a day after being bitten by a snake “preserved” in wine.
By Sam Canpadee
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