In Nepal, a cobra snake that bit a man working in a muddy field may have have been better off biting a crocodile or tiger rather than striking at human prey.
The Nepali man had a unusual response after the cobra snake bit him Tuesday. He chased down the deadly reptile and bit it back, until it was dead.
Nepali daily Annapurna Post newspaper said Mohamed Salmo Miya bit the snake to death after after sustaining a venomous strike while working in a rice paddy and became so enraged he started biting the slithering cobra, according to a Reuters report.
"I could have killed it with a stick but bit it with my teeth instead because I was angry," 55-year-old Miya was quoted as saying in a Reuters article published Thursday.
Miya lives in a village some 200 km (125 miles) southeast of Nepali, the capital of Kathmandu. The snake he chewed to death is called "goman" in Nepal, meaning Common Cobra.
Police spokesman Niraj Shahi said the man was being treated for his wound at a village health post and was expected to survive. At first, after he killed the snake he continued his daily chores until his family pressured him to visit a hospital.
On a high note, Shahi said the man would not be charged in the killing assuming he does survive since the reptile is not considered an endangered species in Nepal.
Estimates suggest that there are 20,000 cases of snake bite in Nepal a year, most of them in the Terai southern plains, causing about 1,000 deaths, the AFP news agency reports, as BBC News notes.