A mouse thrown into a deadly viper's cage as a snack for the snake turned the tables – attacking and killing the serpent.The mouse was put into the cage by firefighters in Nantoun, Taiwan, after they'd removed the snake from a home in the area. Thinking the viper was probably hungry, the decided to feed the mouse to it. But the mouse had other ideas.
One firefighter described the scene: 'It attacked the snake continuously, biting and scratching it.' The life-and-death battle lasted for half an hour before the mouse emerged triumphant, and the snake emerged dead. Lan Sengqiu, the firefighter's team leader, speculated: 'Perhaps it used up all its venom when we caught it - but the mouse barely had a scratch on him.'