His mother said he wasn't making light of the situation
In some parts of Asia, people aren’t as afraid of venomous snakes as most people around the world. You can find “snake charmers” handling some of the deadliest snakes in the world without effort or fear, even though the snakes are known to release venom that can kill elephants in a matter of hours with one single bite. A human can perish before they even reach the hospital.
One young man played with a deadly snake for too long before receiving a bite that eventually ended his life. His fans were able to see the entire tragic event unfold on social media, which has people wondering what would have happened if he didn’t stop to take pictures.
Playing with Fire
Aril was a 14-year-old boy living in Bundung Regency in West Java, Indonesia. He was fascinated by reptiles. It was reported that he owned over a dozen snakes, and he worked with an organization that did shows on the street with them to help raise money for charities that benefited natural disaster victims. However, Aril was young and not as experienced as his adult counterparts. He was also dealing with extremely deadly animals. Aril lost his life to his passion.
Aril was taking photographs of his pet king cobra on Dec. 11 on the social media app WhatsApp. He had just given the deadly creature a bath, and he took out his phone to snap a photo. As Aril took the picture, the cobra opened its jaws and struck him in the arm.
Aril posted the picture of the snake just before it bit him at 9:50 AM with the caption, “Why not smile a little.” Four minutes later, he posted another photo of his bloody wound with the frightening caption, “Between life and death.”
It appeared as though Aril tied a shoelace around his arm in an attempt to stop the venom from spreading through his body. Unfortunately, it didn’t help. Aril wrote on the app sometime later, “If anyone considers themselves my friend, please take me to the hospital.”
An hour or so later, someone took the bitten teen to the hospital.
Cobra venom is a mix of neurotoxins that attack the central nervous system. The victim of the bite will experience pain, vertigo, blurred vision, and then paralysis, if they aren’t given antivenom. Eventually, the heart and lungs will fail. One bite can kill a person in as little as 30 minutes, but cobras have been known to bite multiple times in one attack.
Aril lasted longer than some people who are bitten by cobras, but he was declared dead at 10 PM at the hospital.
Aril’s posts after the attack have been seen by many as yet another example of someone risking their life or endangering others for social media popularity. As we previously reported, Chinese daredevil Wu Yongning tragically fell from the roof of a skyscraper which was captured on camera because he was trying to win a contest with the footage.
American teenager Obdulia Sanchez faced several serious charges after she took two 14-year-olds, including her sister, for a joyride while she was intoxicated. Obdulia lost control of the vehicle, and the two young teens were ejected from the car. Obdulia exited the crashed vehicle and filmed her sister on Instagram Live as she laid dying. Oddulia said as she posed next to her mortally wounded sibling, “I f**king killed my sister, OK? I know I’m going to jail for life. I understand that. I don’t f**king care, though. I’m sorry, baby.”
Aril’s mother Neuis Marpuah explained that he was home alone when the bite occurred and that he wasn’t posting the pictures in jest. She told the press, “Aril’s status wasn’t to boast [about his injury] but to ask his friends for help.” Neuis also claimed Aril’s father was working abroad at the time.
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