Warning: This article contains disturbing content.
All for the hits…
A Thai woman has been arrested for eating multiple dead bats for her YouTube channel.
Early this week, Phonchanok Srisunaklua shared a video of herself having a bowl with broth, tomatoes, and dead bats as she referred to the meal as “delicious” in Thai.
In the disturbing clip published on her YouTube vlog dubbed Gin Zap Ben Nua Nua, which translates to “eat spicy and delicious,” she can be seen taking out their wings and dipping them in sauce before devouring them like it’s the usual thing to do.
While the original video was deleted shortly after it went viral, it didn’t take long for Thai authorities to arrest her “for possession of protected wildlife carcasses, and for violating the Computer-Related Crimes Act of 2007 by uploading the clip.” According to a TMZ report, she could face up to five years in prison if she gets convicted of the crimes mentioned.
The YouTuber has since posted an apology video on her social media channel, saying sorry to everyone who got offended by her clout-chasing stunt. She also admitted she was “not thinking” when she filmed herself eating the nasty dish.
Yahoo News reported that the Department of Disease Control reminded the public of the health concerns that come with eating bats. It’s easy for humans to contract diseases from these creatures, the organization said, as their “feces alone can cause respiratory infections.”
Reacting to the viral video, veterinarian Pattaraphon Manee-on of the Department of National Parks, Wildlife, and Plant Conservation said: “I was shocked to see it in the clip now because the incident should not happen both in Thailand and around the world. It is very risky behavior, especially as bats have a lot of pathogens.”
“There is no proof that the hot water temperature will actually kill the germs. Just touching the saliva, blood, and the skin is considered a risk,” Manee-on added.