Thursday, April 16, 2009

Venomous Ants' Bites Sent Boy Into ICU!

Yeah! You read it right. That's nothing wrong with your eyes either. And of course this is not a lame joke. A few ants really sent a 13 years old boy into the ICU, bed-ridden for at least a few hours. I'm really shocked to read it in The Star newspaper this morning. How could this be happening? I mean...it takes only a few tiny ants to send a relatively Goliath-sized boy (in the ants' view) sprawling in the hospital's ICU! I wonder if this is nature's latest warning against our intrusions? The wrath of mother nature?


Ouh..no!

Yesterday, this poor student-Low Kean Beng was admitted to the Seberang Jaya Hospital’s intensive care unit (ICU) after being bitten by poisonous ants at his school compound in Jalan Raja Uda. So right now, these ants are terrorizing the school huh! You see, Kean Beng was taking shelter from the blazing heat under two shady trees at about 5.30p.m. on Monday. Then the ants started their assault on him. Suddenly poor Ah Beng felt sharp stings on his hand and leg...and that's when all hell break lose for our Ah Beng!


Is this the culprit?

The nightmare started with itchiness and became serious with Ah Beng feeling dizzy and feverish! Ah Beng's limbs started to swell and eventually he vomitted. Shit! What kinds of ants are they? Luckily one of the school staff members was kind enough to send him to the hospital! But the worse comes to worst. Doctors needed to know which species of ants actually stung Ah Beng so that they could prescribed the suitable antidote to save Ah Beng's vanishing life! The clock is ticking, can Ah Beng's dad managed to find the correct culprits-ants? What if the ants had evanesced?


Which tree?

Ah Beng's dad rattled back to the school hoping he could grab a few ants to salvage his son's life! He searched the whole school yard but he still couldn't locate the ants. When hopes seems to be fading away...suddenly he sensed something is crawling on his skin...the ANTS!!! Off he zoomed back to the hospital to rescue his little boy. Could he make it? Or would his effort turned futile?


This fly could be you...

...Of course this story has a happy ending. Ha :D Ah Beng's dad managed to get back just in time and the doctor could administer the proper antidote for him. In the end, poor Ah Beng was discharged after about 3 hours when his condition stabilised upon being given not 1, not 2 but 3 injections! OMG! Those ants are really serious about killing Ah Beng huh. Too bad, their endeavour was foiled.


This is what Semut Selangor looks like!

And the ants which were identified as the evildoers are known locally as semut Selangor (tetraponera rufonigra). And these lethal ants could be found on dry tree trunks and branches in tropical countries, especially South-East Asia. Of course not all are venomous. Then again...did someone actually applied venoms onto the ants' mandibles in order to get rid of Ah Beng? Maybe due to some rivarly with his dad? We need to bring in the CSIs! Seriously! Or is Ant Man behind all this chaos?


I didn't know we have this Superhero!

Ok! I have to admit that I had fabricated and retouched the original story to a certain extent! Yeah, I wanna add in more spices to make it sound...incredulous? I've exaggerated it to make it a little melodramatic! Ha :D Anyway this is still a true story. Read the original story from The Star here! Sorry for misleading you guys moments ago! Honestly I'm glad there is no fatality in this freak incident.


This is the real photo borrowed from The Star!

This reminds me of the ant's bite that both my dearest wife and me suffered not too long ago. A few weeks ago, my wife's leg was bitten by a tiny, whinny harmless-looking ant. Moments later her leg started to itch and then voila it swelled! My wife actually had to break the "bubble" so that it could heal faster. But then, teh damage was still there because my wife could still felt the nagging itch. Then later, I was the next victim. I was bitten by this cute, little red ant. I have no idea at all how it could crawl all the way onto my arm and sank its "fangs" into my flesh. Then the same thing happend...the must-have itching and swelling...the rest is history...



So guys, please beware of these little menace ok. You'll never know what they are capable of. The worst thing is you might get killed by them, maybe because of allergic. Don't let your guards down and never let their "cute" form-factor fool you, because in their eyes we are only a piece of meat! Ha :D

18 comments:

Anonymous said...

I thought venomous ant attack only happens in movies and it's really a rarity in Msia. But guess that's wrong huh...after this incident. I close-up photo of the ant.

Tekkaus said...

Mei Ting-->First commenter! Ha :D Yupe, perhaps now they have special weapon to counter our ridsects and shieldtox too. So we must be careful right now. :D

levian said...

noo! i admit, i can't finish readubg the post all because of the ants photos. it freaked me out looking at them so up close. spare me please!

Tita Beng said...

Whoa! the first time I read a venomous ant huh?! That's quite scary since you've mention that they exist in Asia. Yay!

Thanks for dropping EC. Hope to see you again.

Tekkaus said...

Levian-->Haha :D Nah, they are cute actually.

Tekkaus said...

Tita Beng-->Actually they are every where. We just have to squint our eyes and look for it. Ha :D

HappySurfer said...

LOL! You are quite a storyteller. I remember the article I read in The Star is not that long wan. You sure added a lot more condiments and spices to blow it up to National Geographic proportion. Poor ant, got over-exposed liao... haha...

Tekkaus said...

Happysurfer-->Haha :D Just a little lar. Poor ants!

Bengbeng said...

ants r so small sometimes we jus cant make out the dangerous ones until it is too late. first i heard of this ant . phew

Anonymous said...

I meant I like the close up photo of the ant. Not very menacing huh? But the bite stings.

Tekkaus said...

Bengbeng-->Yeah! You'd better watch out for them. They might be hiding somewhere near your mouse. Ha :D

Tekkaus said...

Mei Ting-->Ouh...Haha :D Yeah! They are not very scary but...you might land in hospital.

GYC~~ said...

Oo!!! So this is wad u were talkin bout!! Wad vicious ants!!!! Gosh! My house got loads of ants ler...

Tekkaus said...

GYC-->yeah! This is what I was talking about just now. Ha :D So you'd better take care ok. Don't get stung by them or else I won't be seeing you anymore. Haha :D

Life Ramblings said...

these predators seriously freak me out.

Tekkaus said...

Life Ramblings-->When they have enough numbers we are really nothing to them. =/

khengsiong said...

Watched in MacGyver the flesh-eating ants. Very scary.

The story was fake, but I think this kind of ants really exist.

Tekkaus said...

KhengSiong-->MagGyver? Haha :D I still remember them.

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