Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Tourist bitten on nose by python paid damages

A Thai company that runs snake shows has paid £2,200 ($3,200) in damages to a Chinese tourist after she was attacked by one of their pythons when she apparently tried to kiss it.

Video shows two men during a show calmly holding the python. A long-haired woman wearing a backpack then leant it. The python launched at the woman, grabbing onto her nose and holding tight while she tried to pry it away.

Members of the crowd screamed. The woman has been named as 29-year-old Jin Jing. She was taken to Phuket international hospital where she received treatment, including several stitches in her nose.

YouTube link. LiveLeak link.

A representative of the Pa-wai Odski company, which runs a “snake charming and venom collection show” said the firm paid £2,200 for “her medical bills, pain and stress”. It is not clear if kissing the snake was part of the act or if the woman asked to do so. It said the snake was a reticulated python, a nonvenomous reptile and the world’s longest snake species.

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