Deadly winemaking snakes escape in China

Chaos erupted in China when deadly cobras used to make wine escaped into a city.

Snakes On a Plane... Without the plane

Snakes On a Plane… Without the plane.

According to the Mirror the snakes, which were being kept by a distiller to make snake wine, escaped into an alley in the city of Foshan in China’s South-Eastern Guangdong province.

Residents fled their homes as the snakes quickly spread.

The troublesome serpents, each measuring between 20-30cm, caused mayhem for local law enforcement according to a local police spokesperson: “We had more than 100 calls in a few minutes.”

“They were popping up through cracks in walls, down gutters, out of drains, in alleyways and side-streets, everywhere all at the same time,” he said.

“People were hysterical and were begging for people to come and catch the snakes.”

Police announced a team of local snake experts were on the case but warned it would take some time to round up all the escapees.

Local resident Wei niu said it wasn’t the first time either: “Their owner has been warned before about the security of his premises, it isn’t right to have so many dangerous snakes close to people.”

The owner of the evasive reptiles, Lu Zhong, admitted losing track of his charges but was unsure how the mass break-out had occurred: “I keep lots of snakes as we make snake wine.”

“One day I returned to find many snakes missing, they had managed to escape,” he said.

“I have been helping to catch the runaway snakes and so far have managed to catch around 30, the experts have caught about 70, but there are still around another 50 at large.”

“I am very sorry about the incident and will take better care in the future.”

It's possible the snakes simply didn't fancy the idea of being bottled.

It’s possible the snakes simply didn’t fancy the idea of being bottled.

Zhong will have to pay for the costs of the clean up and will face a fine.

It’s not the first time snake wine has caused problems in China, last year a woman was bitten on the hand by a seemingly pickled serpent.

According to the Mirror the tradition of drinking snake wine dates back more than 3,000 years in China to the early Zhou Dynasty.

It is an alcoholic beverage produced by infusing whole snakes in rice wine or grain alcohol.

Fans believe the snake’s venom, diluted in alcohol, becomes a health tonic that can restore the body’s natural balance.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Subscribe to our newsletters

Sales Administrator

Les Caves de Pyrène
Guildford, UK

Sales Executive

Elixir Distillers
Home or Office based with International Travel, UK

London Sales Account Manager

Negociants UK Ltd
London, UK

Awards Wine Checker

Decanter
Paddock Wood, Kent, GB

Customer Service Advisor

Amathus Drinks
Park Royal, London, UK

Sales Manager

James Eadie Ltd
London, UK

Wine Ambassador Role

Ramón Bilbao UK
London, UK

Fine Wine Logistics Coordinator

IG Wines
London, UK

Sales Manager

Top Selection
London, UK

Assistant Retail Manager

The Whisky Exchange
London, UK

The Global Spirits Masters Lunch

London,United Kingdom
1st Dec 2017

Pink Rosé Festival

Cannes,France
7th Feb 2018

International Bulk Wine and Spirits Show

London,United Kingdom
26th Feb 2018
Click to view more

Champagne Masters 2017

The only Champagne blind tasting in the UK, the competition will reward the best wines in the following categories:

The Global Rosé Masters 2017

With wines from the palest of pink to almost ruby red, bone dry to almost cloyingly sweet, reductively handled to barrel-aged, as well as gently spritzy to fully sparkling.

Click to view more