Chinese Girl Almost Dies After Eating Live Deep-Fried Scorpion Kebab

AvatarHannah Humphreys
Published 20.03.20

In recent months we have all heard several theories on how and where the coronavirus pandemic originated with particular scrutiny being placed on the epicentre of the viral outbreak in Wuhan, China.

It’s fairly common knowledge that Chinese people enjoy several unusual delicacies including consuming animals such as bats, snakes, birds and frogs when they are alive.

For many of us the practice is hard to get our head around – particularly the Chinese annual festival devoted exclusively to eating dogs.

With several theories suggesting that coronavirus began at a ‘wet market’ in Wuhan the country’s eating practices have sparked many online debates.

In light of this, NY Post journalist, Jon Levine has taken to Twitter to share a story from a time when he lived in China.

This particular story involves a girl that ate a deep-fried scorpion kebab in Beijing.


Usually, the scorpion would be deep fried enough to kill it disabling its potent sting but in this instance the frying process ‘didn’t totally kill’ the arachnid which is most closely related to spiders and ticks.

This resulted in the girl almost dying as it nipped her tonsils once inside her mouth.

Scorpions are sometimes referred to as ancient animals thought to have roamed the planet for over 400 million years – meaning they already existed on Earth prior to the arrival of dinosaurs.

They even glow under ultra-violet light which is pretty cool.

Despite the mild climate in the UK a yellow-tailed colony have set-up home in one area of Kent – don’t worry too much though they have less of a sting than the traditional scorpion.

I very much doubt I’d enjoy eating one, but they must have their appeal.

In fact, some experts believe dried insects will become a sustainable food of the future.

Crickets, meal worms and even British deep-fried scorpions could become commonplace in our diets according to entomologists.

This comes as experts fear conventional meat could become more expensive and scarcer from 2020 onwards meaning we may well see insects informing the basis of many western meals.

They are said to be a more healthy, nutritious and sustainable alternative to mainstream staples such as chicken, beef and fish but I doubt even amidst empty supermarket aisles we will see many people turning to their gardens to dig up earthworms or eyeing up a house spider in an edible manner.

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