Massive python ‘squeezing’ van goes viral

February 18, 2022 6:30 pm in by

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A video of a gigantic python wrapped around a van has freaked out the internet, with the video amassing 93 million views and more than 63,000 comments on TikTok and steadily rising.

The viral clip uploaded by thegemsfamily shows a small white van appearing to be ‘eaten’ by the snake, which has wrapped itself several times around the van.

It’s a chaotic scene, with a shaking hand pointing to the snake and audio of panicked, shouting voices.

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The clip was posted without any description, leaving it up to viewers to decide if it was real or not. And given it was filmed from a distance, it was a little hard to tell at first.

@thegemsfamily #fyp ♬ original sound – The GEMs Family

“The next illogical fear to talk to my therapist about” wrote one commenter, while another said, “I held my phone far because i thought it was gonna be a jumpscare 😭”. Another joked, “That is going to be a[n] interesting insurance claim. “Sorry you didn’t take the reptilian crushing cover”. 

And there were of course many comments referencing snakes and Australia: “Let me guess you live in Australia.”

While plenty of people were asking if it was real, there were many who guessed that it was, in fact, a prank.

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“I’ve seen moon landings that look more real,” wrote a commenter who didn’t fall for it. 

A follow-up video showed the python up close and not moving, clearly revealing it to be fake, possibly inflatable.

@thegemsfamily Part 2 of the #giant #python on a #van #fyp #viral #trending #fyp ♬ original sound – The GEMs Family

One person wasn’t too pleased at being tricked either. “I removed my like from the last video, I don’t like being lied to,” they wrote.

The follow-up video’s only been viewed by nearly 2 million people so it’ll probably take awhile for the truth to be fully realised.

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Another video of the scene by naturelife_ok on Instagram explains that it’s an art installation in a zoo, though they don’t say where.

Image: TikTok/thegemsfamily


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