A YouTuber has issued an apology to the public after she posted a video of her eating a bat amid coronavirus outbreak.
Wang Mengyun from China has a huge online fanbase and she shared her clip with her followers. In her video, she can be seen opening the nocturnal animal with her bare hands before taking some pieces of it to eat.
The video has been shared after some scientists revealed that it is believed the crisis started after the disease was transmitted to humans from either snakes or bats.
In Wang’s video, she says: “The soup we just had was very delicious and had a fruity flavour.”
She held the winged animal closer to the camera and said: “Doesn’t it look like a mini wolfdog?”
Before enjoying her meal, she added: “There are so many nutrients in it.”
Wang asked the public for forgiveness after her clip quickly went viral. “Sorry everyone, I shouldn’t eat bats.” She also described some of the hate messages she received.
The YouTuber said some of the negative remarks were: “You should go to hell. You should be killed in the evening. You’re abnormal. You’re disgusting. Why haven’t you died.”
Wang then explained that the video was three years old. “It’s all because in 2016, when I was screening a tour programme in Palau, a south Pacific island, I ate a soup of local people’s daily food.
“Back in May 2016, I didn’t know what the virus was at that time. When the video was released, I only want to introduce the lifestyle of the local people.”
The Palau island takes much of its culture from different Asian countries, most of which are known to eat bat soup. It is believed to have medicinal properties in many countries, including Cambodia.
Wang added: “Here are some special points I want to make:
“1. The video was shot in 2016 and released during 2016-2017. Recently it was turned over by some accounts sponging off the heat and fanning out malicious panic.
“2. When shooting the video, I really didn’t know there was a virus. I didn’t know until recently.
“3. In the video, fruit bats are raised by local people, not wild ones. Many countries around the world eat this. It’s a daily dish in many countries, but it’s also a bat, can’t argue with that.”
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