Badass Crayfish Becomes Online Hero After Cutting Off Its Own Claw To Escape Hot Soup
In hot soup. Literally.
A badass crayfish became an online hero after dramatically sacrificing its limb to escape a hot pot of boiling soup at a restaurant in China
A diner dropped the live critter into a steamboat pot and was about to stir the soup when the crayfish quickly clambered out in a dash to save itself from being cooked.
Footage then showed the creature amputating its own claw that was presumed to have become immobile due to the boiling temperature of the soup
The clip was posted on a Chinese site Weibo by a diner named Jiuke who said that he later took the crustacean home as a pet instead of eating it.
"I let him live. I already took him home and am raising him in an aquarium," he said, after netizens urged him to spare the animal's life, reported The Straits Times.
Thankfully, the little hero will be regrowing its lost claw as crayfish are able to regenerate their own limbs
Adult crayfish are usually unable to grow their claws back to their original size however, their new limbs will still be able to fully function.
When a crayfish sheds its claw, a smaller and weaker version will eventually take its place within a couple of months depending on the species.
Crayfish was apparently the most popular dish in China last year, based on a list of the top 10 most-ordered dishes on Chinese consumer app Meituan-Dianping.
The "little lobster" dish made for a booming business that created 3.9 trillion yuan (RM2.4 trillion) sales revenue in 2017 and provided jobs for five million people in 2016.
It is said that the savoury flavours were the most popular among the Chinese in 2017 while the spicy version ranked second.
The crayfish video clip has since gone viral, with one Facebook post that generated 1.2 million views since its posting last week
You can check out the clip here: