Sean Penn and a pit full of reptiles have something in common. Rattlesnakes don’t like paparazzi, either.
YouTube user Michael Delaney posted a video Sunday with the simple but intriguing title “Rattlesnakes strike GoPro.” With a teaser like that, there’s no way you can resist taking a look.
If snakes give you a serious case of the heebie-jeebies, you might not want to watch the video. It involves not just a single snake, which is serious enough, but a whole writhing pile of rattlers, busy warning the camera not to come closer by shaking their tails. This is the soundtrack of your nightmares.
The dramatic slo-mo footage shows a series of three bites, the last of which knocks the camera into the pile of snakes. Perhaps what’s most impressive is that even in slow-motion the snake bites come so fast as to be a blur.
Delaney is no stranger to combining technology and animal life. His previous videos include the use of a DJI Phantom 3 drone to check on a herd of cattle(the cows are much more chill about the camera’s presence than the snakes). Delaney offers cow and agriculture-monitoring camera kits for ranchers through his CowCams business.
You might wonder how Delaney retrieved his wayward GoPro to share the video. He reported on his CowCams Facebook page that he “used a hockey stick to fish it out.”
This is a great time to note that you probably shouldn’t be trying this sort of snake-GoPro experiment yourself. Here’s hoping Delaney had the world’s longest selfie stick in use while he was capturing the footage.