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After posting the video of herself dining into the enormous bowl of soup, teacher Phonchanok Srisunaklua, whose YouTube channel is called Gin Zap Bep Nua Nua and translates to “Eat spicy and delicious,” provoked controversy last week.
A Huge Deal
After recording herself consuming a bowl of soup made from a protected species of bat, the YouTuber was taken into custody. The outrage over Phonchanok’s film was not about the dark brown soup or the tomatoes floating in it; rather, it was about the Lesser Asiatic yellow bats in the bowl. There are innumerable channels on the internet devoted to food and eating.
Phonchanok recorded herself dissecting the bats and dipping them in a sauce, calling them “delicious,” as if having the bats in the soup wasn’t enough. To the shock of the viewers, who lambasted her for putting herself “at risk,” she showed the bat to the camera, pointed out its teeth, and crunched down on the “soft bones.”
Since then, the video has been removed from the original page, and Phonchanok was detained for breaking the Wildlife Conservation and Protection Act with the video. She might now spend the next five years in jail or pay a $14,000 fine.