Does any normal, sane person like snakes, really? They have symbolically represented the darkest recesses of our human consciousness for thousands of years. Whether it is a justly deserved reputation or not is a different matter.
We just found a video allegedly portraying a cobra attacking a South African woman that will freak you out. While, at first glance, her lightning reflexes seem to save the day, close observation of the video shows something else going on entirely. You just have to watch and see for yourself.
The video only lasts a few moments, but depicts a female sunbather sitting on a lawn, as a five foot long cobra speeds towards her and then leaps at her head. Unphased, she sweeps the snake up by the throat in mid flight and then tosses it away.
That is what the video seems to show. Upon closer inspection, however, few details add up and lead reasonable viewers with only one conclusion: That the video was completely staged.
The clip was shot in Robertson Western Cape, in South Africa. A region known for having populations of a number of cobra species. However, anyone familiar with the behavior and locomotion of snakes in general, and cobras in particular, would immediately see that the animal does not move in any normal manner.
Further, at the lower right corner of the screen, there is the clear shadow of an off-camera person operating a fishing pole. While a filament is not easily visible on camera, the shadow of the fishing pole clearly responds in a way that indicated the snake was attached.
Since being called out for posting the bogus video, the shooter has responded, saying “It was a prank on my sister. Yes it was pulled via fishing rod with fluorocarbon line. My brother and I was trying to scare my sister but it seems that she was prepared, seeming that I grew up catching snakes along that river since I was just a boy and she would sometimes join me. She did not handle it as we expected her to, very much impressed!”
Many people who have watched this video have responded to the clip, saying things like:
“You can see the shadow from the fishing rod that is moving it. But nice prank had it worked.”- Mike Wellington
“So fake, they don’t move that fast, snakes don’t move in a straight line. You can see the fishing pole.”- Kingofbigmac
“Since when has a real snake rushed forward in a straight line? So it’s obviously a reeled snake.”- Avoiceofone
“I didn’t see the shadow, and knew it was fake. Snakes don’t move like that or look like that when they’re going to strike. Snakes just don’t attack like that. Plus, there was almost no body movement, except by the girl at the end.”- Tyrantgeorge
“I’ve never seen anything more fake in my life.”- Bo
“Anyone who has watched a snake move knows this is fake.”- Pittchick
This certainly demonstrates the need for internet users to have some skepticism about the content they may encounter online.
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