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Nepal: Man bites snake and kills it

A man working in a rice paddy field in Nepal bit a snake in a revenge attack and killed it.
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About 1,000 people in Nepal die every year from snake bites. (AFP/Getty Images)

After being bitten by a cobra this week, Nepalese farmer Mohamed Salmo Miya did what most people would probably never do.

He bit it back. And killed it.

“I could have killed it with a stick but bit it with my teeth instead because I was angry," Miya, 55, was quoted by Reuters as saying.

Miya was working in his rice paddy field, located about 125 miles southeast of the Nepali capital of Kathmandu, on Tuesday night when he was bitten by the venomous snake.

Instead of seeking medical help, Miya chased after the cobra, caught it and bit it until it died.

"A snake charmer told me that if a snake bites you, bite it until it is dead and nothing will happen to you," Miya told the BBC.

Miya eventually went to hospital for treatment, but only after he was badgered by his family, neighbors and police. He has since been released.

According to Agence France-Presse, there are about 20,000 snake bites in Nepal a year, resulting in about 1,000 deaths.

The common cobra, like the one that bit Miya, is responsible for most of the attacks.

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