“Should have been wearing sunscreen – it protects you from harmful rays.”
Over the weekend, a man’s dream vacation in the resort city of Sanya in China’s Hainan province turned into a nightmare after a stingray had managed to latch on to his penis.
A video of the incident shows the unnamed beach-goer lying down on the sand with the sea creature still attached. Onlookers surround him to take a closer look as police assess the situation.
Apparently, he had swum too close to the stingray, and the animal went on the defensive. With its razor sharp tail dislodged in his manhood, the man waded back to shore, screaming in complete agony.
The man was later assisted by firefighter and paramedics, who managed to cut off the stingray’s tail. He was taken to the hospital immediately, though his current status is unknown.
Of course, people had plenty of jokes after the footage went viral.
“Please, please just take the pain away but leave the swelling,” one commenter said, while others had puns such as, “Should have been wearing sunscreen – it protects you from harmful rays.”
Another pun read: “Doctors say there’s a ray of hope for his recovery.”
Although stingrays are generally docile, they’re not afraid to use their venomous stingers to defend themselves whenever they sense danger. The most widely known case of a stingray attack, of course, being Steve Irwin’s back in 2006.