In a shocking video, Rajasthan’s ‘snake man’ got bit by a cobra and died minutes after being bitten. Popularly known as ‘snake man’, Vinod Tiwari had been catching snakes for the last 20 years. However, his life’s work came to a tragic end after a snake, allegedly a Cobra, bit him while he was trying to catch it. The incident was reported from Churu district and visuals of the same are going viral on Twitter.
In the about three-minute-long video, that has been watched over eighteen-thousand times on Twitter, Vinod can be seen sitting on the steps ahead of a shop with a large snake in his hand. He proceeds to slowly and carefully put the snake inside a tote bag given to him. However, as he put the serpent inside the bag, the creature somehow ends up biting him. The bite must’ve taken a few minutes to affect Vinod as he is seen walking away from the spot without appearing to be in pain or agony.
If local reports are to be believed, Vinod used to catch snakes and leave them in nearby forest areas.
Earlier this year, a similar incident was reported from Kerala where popular snake-catcher Vava Suresh was bitten by a Cobra and was hospitalized due to the snake bite.
The Facts of the Matter
‘Occupational hazard’ is a term which is used when a person employed to do a certain job is often vulnerable to physical or mental consequences. However, for self-trained snake catchers, ‘occupational hazard’ takes a new meaning. While there are several self-trained men and women who have years of experience in snake catching, they often take one misstep while catching a snake, and face horrific consequence because of it.
In one such incident reported from Rajasthan’s Churu district, a man, identified as Vinod Tiwari, recently died after a Cobra bit him. Popularly known as ‘Snake Man’ among the locals, Vinod Tiwari was known for catching snakes for the last twenty years.
Recently, he was in Churu district when he was bit by a Cobra while attempting to catch it.
What Does the Video Show?
In the video gone viral, Vinod Tiwari aka Snake Man, can be seen sitting in front of a few shops, with a large snake held in his hands. As he holds the snake, another person brings a tote bag for him. Tiwari goes on to carefully put the snake in the bag. However, while putting it in the bag, he must have lost control of the snake, as the creature bit him. Showing no emotion or response to the bite, Tiwari goes on to stuff the snake in the bag and walk away from the scene. However, it is being reported that he died minutes after the incident.
Watch the Video here:
वीडियो राजस्थान के चुरु का है. सांप को पकड़ने आए विनोद तिवाड़ी ने जैसे ही कोबरा को बैग में डाला, कोबरा ने विनोद को काट लिया.
कुछ ही मिनट के भीतर विनोद की मौत हो गई. pic.twitter.com/VdqHcbapNS
— The Lallantop (@TheLallantop) September 13, 2022
Ace Snake Catcher Vava Suresh Bitten by Cobra
Earlier in January, ace snake catcher Vava Suresh was bitten by a Cobra which left him hospitalized for days. The entire incident was caught on camera.
Warning: Graphic content
Kerala snake rescuer Vava Suresh gets bitten by a cobra during a rescue in Kottayam.
Though he has been bitten by snakes many times in the past, this time he is said to be in an extremely critical condition. pic.twitter.com/VDklwTM2SK
— Bobins Abraham Vayalil (@BobinsAbraham) January 31, 2022
Vava was rushed in critical condition to a Kottayam-based hospital. During his time at the hospital, Vava was also put on ventilator. However, he somehow managed to recover, and was discharged eight days after being hospitalized.
“Will continue catching snake”
In an interview to TNM, he was quoted saying, “Now, I will be more careful (about snake catching). But I will continue snake catching till my death”. As per his claims, Vava has captured as many as 200 King Cobras, and rescued over 38,000 stray snakes.