A drunk man who claimed that he could eat a live turtle at a market in Beijing on Wednesday saw the tables turn on him when the little shelled fellow bit him first, then clamped down on the man’s lips for around 10 minutes.
The man was wandering around a market and was apparently sufficiently boozed up when he suddenly stopped at a fish stall and decided he ought to try eating a live turtle, as one wont to do. The turtle wanted none of his shenanigans, however, and bit down on the man’s lips, refusing to open its mouth for more than 10 minutes, ifeng News reports.
Many people came around but none could really help him. Witnesses said the man just stood still until the turtle finally gave up and let go.
The man is said to be around 40 years old and reportedly raises a small pet turtle himself. He usually plays with his own turtle and puts it near his mouth. This particular turtle, however, was not so playful.
“The small turtles are pets, but this big one is used for cooking. We are also very careful and get bitten when holding it,” the stall owner said.
Sadly enough for humanity, this isn’t the first case of its kind. A Fujian man was hospitalized following a run-in with a snapping turtle that left his lips horribly swollen last March.
By Dina Li