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Thai woman faces up to 5 years in prison for eating bat soup in viral video


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A Thai woman was arrested after she posted a video of herself eating bat soup to her Facebook page on Monday.

Phonchanok Srisunaklua, who identified herself as Khru (teacher) Jui in her video, is facing up to five years in prison and/or a fine of up to 500,000 baht (approximately $13,800) for possession of protected wildlife carcasses and for crimes violating the Computer Crimes Act (2007) in Sakhon Nakhon province, Thailand.

Srisunaklua, who is also a teacher, posted the clip on her Facebook page Kin Saeb Nua Nua (Eating it Delicious and Hot), which has 392,000 followers.


In the video, Srisunaklua can be seen spreading the lesser Asiatic yellow bats’ wings before tearing it apart to consume it. She reportedly bought the bats at a market near the Laos border in northern Thailand, where bats that are infected with the closest relative to SARS-CoV-2 can also be found.



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