Indian Man Dies after Attempting to Take a ‘Kissing Selfie’ With a Venomous Cobra

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The snake attacked him and bit his chest.

Who takes selfies? Almost everybody does. As a matter of fact, the trend has become an obsession to some people, especially the younger ones, mainly because teens and the 18 to 34 demographic are heavier digital users than their older counterparts.

Everybody loves taking selfies. There is even that one occasional Facebook friend who takes and posts selfies almost every minute—and according to experts, it can be a mental problem.

In their efforts to get a novelty ‘selfie’, a lot of people go through dangerous stunts just to gain a little fame on social media. And recently, selfies with dangerous and wild animals has become a trend. With this at hand, many animals die in the hands of tourists who do not care about the well-being of the animals. This time, the animal kingdom has fought back.

An Indian snake catcher from Navi Mumbai, Belapur, India, died after attempting to take a selfie with a poisonous snake.

Apparently, 21-year-old Somnath Mhatre is known on social media for posting selfies with snakes. As a snake catcher, he has posed with dozens of different snakes, which were never a threat to his life—until now.

He attempted to kiss a venomous cobra he just caught, but the latter suddenly attacked him and bit him on the chest. Though he was rushed to the hospital soon after the attack, he died on his third day at the hospital on Feb. 2.

“It is very unfortunate that a young life has ended so abruptly. His Facebook profile has several pictures of him playing with snakes and even kissing a cobra. Such stunts must be strictly banned, which is why we have urged the Thane circle of the forest department to issue guidelines,” Pawan Sharma of Resqink Association for the Wildlife Welfare told the news site.

 

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