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Boy Attacked by Snake as Photographers Watch. Real or Hoax?

Boy Attacked by Snake as Photographers Watch. Real or Hoax?

A photograph shows a child apparently being attacked by a snake as cameramen stand by and film without helping the young victim. One version of the photo shows a National Geographic logo. Is this photo real or is it a hoax?

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It is a film which dramatized an attack. 

The photo is actually a still photo from the Discovery Channel series Nature’s Deadliest which aired back in 2008. This specific scene is from episode 4 entitled Africa 2. The scene actually shows a girl – not a boy as many readers assume. In the dramatization, the girl is attacked by an African Rock Python and her friend runs to get help. A man comes to assist, fights the snake off of the girl, only to have the snake turn on him. The man is then killed in the attack.

To reiterate, the entire scene is merely a dramatization and did not actually happen and the child is merely acting. Below are a couple of screen shots taken from the same episode of Nature’s Deadliest.

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The show began with a disclaimer that the episode may be disturbing to some viewers.

Let’s take a look at the photo which has been circulating since around 2010. The image has often been accompanied by angry commentary covering topics such as class and racial warfare. What is perhaps missed in the discussion, aside from the fact that the scene is a work of fiction, is that it shows a white man dying while rescuing the child. It should also be noted that National Geographic had nothing to do with this show, and the logo was apparently superimposed on the graphic later.

The second scene of the film shows a man coming to rescue the girl. He is able to successfully pull the snake off of the girl.

Things then go wrong for the rescuer as the snake then focuses its attack on the man and kills him.

Discovery included the following disclaimer at the beginning of the show:

Note: This article was originally published on August 22, 2012, and was the most popular article here at Wafflesatnoon.com over the next 18 months. It has also been plagiarized by several other websites that did not feel a need to give us proper credit. In 2016, the photo continues to be circulated on social media, and some readers – even after reading the explanation above – still seem to believe that an actual snake attack occurred.


Bottom Line

The image showing a child being attacked by a snake while photographers watch is a disturbing scene. The photo, however, is taken out of context and merely shows a scene being filmed for a dramatization. The Discovery Channel episode in question may be available online, as it was available for instant streaming on Netflix as recently as 2013.

Updated January 7, 2016
Originally published August 2012

  • It happens frequently. Their called hush crimes because the media glosses over them.

  • hurr durr

    You are a racist.

    • neuterable

      That would not make me wrong.

      • Hurr durr

        No, it wouldn’t if you were right. You being wrong makes you wrong. I guess we could say you’re a wrong racist!

        • neuterable

          You can say that until you are blue in the face and everything I said would still be true.

          The same naked starving Africans would still be crawling in the dirt where Ancient Greeks described them in much the same terms.

          Those savages that have been dragged into civilization, would still be degenerating before your eyes while you insist that reality is somehow invalid because it has “Races”.

          • Hurr durr

            Yes, if everything you say was true, I could talk as much as I want and it would still be true. But since it’s false, it would just continue to be false.

          • neuterable

            What color is the sky in your own little world? I have pictures of your ape friends eating each other, video of them burning their children, I have detailed statistics verifying everything I say. The past is written in stone and it won’t change for you sorry, whiny libtards.

            I will have pictures of your rotting, charred, half eaten bodies in the streets and statistics describing what happens to you, because a “Statistic” is all that will be left of you. Nobody will regret your demise. It will make the world a better place when you are dead and dumped in the same landfills as your apes.

            You can go back to screaming about “Racism” now. I will go back to watching your illiterate, chest thumping, gang raping, crack smoking, section 8, welfare collecting ape friends die, because they provide me with shiny new content every day and their deaths are a god damned meme.

          • Hurr durr

            You seem upset; maybe you should stop trying so hard to be wrong; being right feels better.

          • neuterable

            Flagging my comments to hided them also does not make me wrong. It just proves you fear reality.

            The fact is I am right, I have evidence that proves I am right and you have done a fine job of demonstrating why you are hated and will deserve the coming genocide.

          • Hurr durr

            If your comments were hidden to me, how could I reply to them? Being wrong all day must have clouded your mind, unless it’s the other way around.

          • neuterable

            Everyone can see that you flagged my comments, but that is all right, they don’t need me to tell them that you deserve to be hated. They already know.

            My comments are aimed at you and you certainly get to read them before you run crying to the censors to protect you from the truth.

          • Hurr durr

            I’m flagging your comments for violating the tos, not to not see them. If my goal was not to see them I would just not read them. We’ve already established thatt you’re wrong with everything you write after your first comment, so there would be no need to flag your comments for that reason whatsoever since you haven’t even said anything new so far.

          • neuterable

            Censorship is a form of deception. With every flag, you prove you do not care about the truth.

            Where anger is delegitimized it is replaced with hate.

            Do you know what a body smells like when it has been rotting in a shallow river for days on end, do you know what thousands of them smell like as they poison the water supply of a neighboring country?

            You will and worse. I share pictures of your ape friends eating children and eating each other, I have video of them burning children alive. I keep this alive on the internet, so people who care about reality can see it, but the people who really need to see it, are people like you.

            You deserve to be hated and you deserve to suffer, because you are a disgusting despicable excuse for a human being and soon, all of the things that keep you alive and protect you, will die because of you.

          • Hurr durr

            You’re so upset, maybe you should really try saying things that make sense for a change some time. You might be much less upset if you’re not wrong all the time

          • neuterable

            You can’t just look at a full color video of a Negro family being burned alive by a cheering crowd, another negro eating a human leg or eating a baby brain first, then declare for no actual reason that recognizing their existence is somehow “Wrong”.

            I am right to judge them and I am right to judge you.

          • Hurr durr

            Nope, still being wrong, you gotta try even harder if you wanna be right and not be upset

          • neuterable

            I will count this as you simply contributing absolutely nothing of value to the conversation or life in general.

  • John Baker

    That snake doesn’t look to be anywhere near 16 feet. More like 10.

  • T’challa

    Either way you gotta be an idiot to think that its ok to have a large reptile wrapped around child is ok.

  • ZL

    It’s shocking how Anna Marie thinks of racism. I would ask you why is the society always protecting women?? You only help if u are in position to do so, otherwise you make things worse.

  • Hester

    It was well done, I was puzzled for a while and only thinking of the poor child. Very glad it was not real.

  • Kelly

    It hurts my soul to see how many people do not understand what “dramatization” means.

    • Robert Johns

      “Think of how stupid the average person is, and realize half of them are stupider than that.” – George Carlin.

      • Jason Thomas

        I would love to love this quote, but, I just doubt the population’s intelligence fits neatly on a bell curve. Still a very good quote.

  • waffles

    They were filming a documentary. The “snake” was part of this documentary.

  • me

    And what did the photographer to rescue the man? oh yes, nothing, just shooting…


    No way there could just be the only two of them in the vicinity. Its a lie.

  • diAmOnDSintHesKY

    This doesn’t explain why the guy in the first photo was filming without paying attention to the girl’s screams

    They probably did throw the snake to the girl to make it attack her so they can film a nice episode, this is what can explain the idiot in the first picture

    The NatGeo logo on the top may be a part of the plan or maybe some kid on the internet wanted some fun

    And then they “helped” her and took pictures of it and a picture of the man “being killed” to make a good story

    How come they are more than one photographer and they let the snake kill him!?

    • waffles

      This was a dramatization, and there was no danger to anyone.

      • Manduh

        Holy mother of Jesus. I feel bad for you right now. Reading through the comment section just made me lose what little bit of faith I had left in humanity. How did these people make it to this page? I’m sure it’s because they saw the photo and decided to google what was really going on. So they look at the photos, because you know, that reading stuff is for wimps, then proceed to blurt out how evil a MAKE BELIEVE PHOTO/FILM SHOOT can be. Ughhh my brain cells… Thank you for the proper info. I read it, and now am educated on what happened.

        • waffles

          It can be an uphill battle, but we’ll continue on in our fight! Thanks so much for your comment… and for reading the post before commenting! 🙂

          • John Baker

            Some people simply cannot be educated.

    • PKBitchGirl

      The guy filming the girl isn’t helping her because she’s an actor who’s acting being attacked by a snake.

    • John Baker

      What part of ‘dramatization’ don’t you understand?

  • Bertha S

    Isn’t this about camera operators getting involved in getting the best shot, and also keeping in mind that they are responsible for helping out at the same time? Being an amateur photographer I also have been so engrossed in a shot I have forgotten to actually appreciate the view, and I have failed to get involved with the situation that I was filming. If this man who stepped in to help this child ultimately lost his life in the process I am sure that at the time he felt that he had made the right sacrifice.

  • waffles

    You didn’t happen to read the article, did you?

  • John

    I think somebody trying to justify them self. It’s doesn’t matter National Geographic is there, they should drop everything and help.

    • waffles

      They were filming a dramatization. No attack actually occurred.

  • ZoLa

    Thank you very much… Some people just become idiotic without reading the article

  • Hasan

    Was the rescuer really killed or this was also dramatization?

    • waffles

      The entire video is just a dramatization.

  • useyoureyes

    This snake isn’t trying to kill anyone anyway. A snake trying to kill somethings bites and coils and try’s to get around the torso. In the first picture you can see that it is the back end of the snake on the child’s leg and the front end is off camera to the viewers left. In the second picture, the guy has the head and he is apparently able to move the coils off of the child’s leg everything is safe and fine. If that snake was attacking there would be no chance of this man just uncoiling the snake, those things are pure muscle. In the third picture, If you look at the mans right hand he still has the head of the snake… He is fine. It’s a dramatization, no one died and everything worked out from what I can see in these pictures.

    • John Baker

      Snakes’ muscles work one way. It is indeed very difficult to uncoil a constrictor from the head, but much less so from the tail.

  • Mike

    So basically, the moral of the story is: if you see someone getting attacked by a large snake you should not attempt to help them. Got it, thanks.

    • waffles

      I don’t think that was the intent of the dramatization, but you do have a point… 🙂

  • Kharti

    No, no…
    People don’t get words like ‘dramatization’ and ‘re-enactment’.

    Writer should have used simpler words like ‘not real’ or ‘bluff’ or ‘rubber python in comedy’

    Argh, I posted in this thread!

  • pigger

    99.9% of the people that posted about this photo are missing a ton of brain cells. I don’t even know where to start…

  • waffles

    It wasn’t real…It was a dramatization.

  • me

    Regardless of gender, or who jumped in to help. Camera men still should have dropped their cameras and assisted… The girl AND other man who was killed. DUH PEOPLE!!!!!!!!!

  • noor

    That man is helping that boy and the man got stung by the snake thats y i hate snakes soo much

  • sara

    I swear people are retarded. It’s a reenactment on nat geo. Read people, go back to school, and nothing about this story is about race. Get over yourselves. Seriously.

    • hurr durr

      No, it’s not.

  • Le

    WTF there are 2 camera men but instead of helping that girl together they first try to take some picture. Screw you! Only one person tried to help at girl.

    • waffles

      I don’t suppose to read the article, which shows that this was merely a photo taken during the filming of a dramatization?

  • D

    No, I can not see that she is wearing a skirt…

    • Alicia

      Uhm, she’s wearing a pink shirt that says angel on it. Just putting that out there.

      • nan

        So what a boy can were a skirt as well, préjudices will bring no evolution in the thinking
        here we have a saying that only real men wear pink, so more are taking it seriously on the other side… anything that cover is only clothing.

  • yusuck

    A boy or a girl you white are just that. sadists. i fail to understand why you are trying to justify what is obviously another Hitler in the making. did the journalist just stumble at the event or staged it?

    • waffles

      Watch the documentary and you will understand.

  • Leon

    That’s the first comment I agree with, but I’d like to also share my opinion: F National Geographic. : )

    • Blech

      It’s a dramatization. It. Didn’t. Really. Happen. Why are you people so goddamned dumb?

      • waffles

        LOL. It is a bit odd that people would comment as if it happened, when we went to such lengths to show that it wasn’t real!

        • waffles

          You are entirely correct – thank you for pointing this out. We erroneously used the term “re-enactment” once in the article, which has now been changed.

  • @Eren_EM

    Ahh come on people the man died saving her life, you lot should be concerned about the family and how they’re coping without him & also the little girl that was involved with this incident, do we really need to put racism in this? Were all humans aint we? What makes whites, blacks, jewish, & the others (no disrespect) any different then each other!

  • waffles

    It says “boy” because that’s what most people are saying in discussion about it. We then explain that it is a girl in this dramatization.

  • TheWhitefire

    The word is “Parasitic” not “Paracidic”. People might take you more seriously if you didn’t add to the vitriol already present in the comments and actually ran your comment through a spell checker.

  • iney

    Its a DRAMATIZATION! read the article instead of viewing just the pics…

    • waffles

      I merely watched the full documentary. Is that not enough?

  • Codename.WiAx

    It is pathetic how some Discovery fanboys made fake NGC logo(note the word “National Geographic” is black, which was never seen by any NGC watcher) to defame the channel.

    • TheWhitefire

      Why would it be “Discovery Fanboys”? It’s not like there’s a massive rivalry between the two groups of people. I watch both channels, whenever either has something good on. It was more likely an internet troll who found this still, wanted to start a racially charged flame ware, and slapped “National Geographic” on there so that the still looks like it was from a magazine (National Geographic was a magazine long before it got into the broadcasting business). This added the legitimacy needed for the hoax to work. If he had stuck “discovery” on there, people may have stumbled across the real documentary and realized this was a hoax. As it was, when I searched for this the fact that there weren’t any news articles about it (a real picture of this happening would have sparked massive controversy and would have been found in articles well outside of National Geographic), just forum posts and of course this site where they clearly outline it as a hoax. You can tell the last picture isn’t real because the man is holding the snake is such a fashion as to keep it from constricting around his neck, as a trained snake handler does.

  • J

    So why didn’t anyone (camera crew) try and help the guy helping her when the snake started on him?

    • waffles

      As the article states, they were filming a documentary and this was merely a dramatization. There was no real snake attack.

      • Ash

        I thought the article said this was a “re-enactment” meaning that it originally happened, but they didn’t have the real people involved (obviously) so used actors instead. Just like they do on some news programs before they ask for viewer help in catching the criminals.

  • Lana

    About racism.. For the first time I saw this photo on a facebook blog, which condemns iterracial marriage, portrays all white people as barbaric pigs, etc. When people commented, that the picture was fake, the admin said, it was “not cool” of them (to say the truth). Quote: “In many cases, there are angry comments about rich vs poor and black vs white” – it’s this way indeed.
    Ultimately someone found this photo, photoshoped the National Geographic’s logo and put the picture on internet. What motives do you think they had?

    • Soren


  • W Mawri

    Look at the picture where they assume that a white guy was trying to save the little innocent kid from the snake …

    The guy falls down with his sun glasses on his face …!!

    If you were in this situation will you still be wearing your sun glass and go save someones life ….
    ( Oh i need my sun glass to see the kid).


    Wearing sun glasses will make the person anonymous to people ???

    • Blech

      The hell are you babbling about? He’s wearing sunglasses because it’s bright out. Few people think to take off things like glasses when adrenaline kicks in and they rush to someone’s aid. Why are you so stupid?

  • W Mawri

    I dont buy this …….>>>> A middle class white man dying while rescuing the child…!!!

    So here you intend to tell people that the National Geographic Channel does not have the tools and human caliber to deal with such a situation or it is just a bunch of people looking for the right victim from the slums around Africa???

    Shame on you people …

    • Anon

      1. It’s Discovery Channel.
      2. It’s a reenactment so no kids, snakes or overconfident middle class white men were killed in this film.

  • Africa

    Why is this turning to a race story, just take ur race debate somewhere else cos it’s so sickening!

    • Michelle

      Africa you said what I wanted to say…It is sickening please take race debate out of the picture. Skin color right now isn’t the main focus. A man came to help the child but died after saving her. Where was the other camra man at when he was being eatten alive. Some one had to be taking the last shot when the snake turned on him.

  • Daniel A. Roberts

    BTW im commenting on someones comment on Facebook . I thought I needed to wake them up .

  • Daniel A. Roberts

    Here we go again . just evil old whitey aint helpin a sister out , huh ? well F you he died savin her dumb ass . and its his dumb asses fault for helpin her now . either witch way its the white guys fault . isn’t it ?!?! I am so sick and tired of the race card being played all the time . if a black person commits a crime on a white person its “ok” according to the media and the courts but if a white man defends him or herself from the attack of a black person its a hate crime . Now this is getting stupid . the fact is people are people and we all have to live here on this earth with each other . Black , white ,hispanic ,chinese ,catholic , jewish , we are going to have to get over our own obstacles before we can say anything about anybody else

    • Malik M

      You’re the only one pulling the race card. Take a look at your raging post. Did the white guy die too or was that part of the hoax? do you know? I bet you don’t! You’re talking about blacks pulling the race card when in fact, it’s YOU TRYING TO PLAY THE VICTIM.

      “if a black person commits a crime on a white person its “ok” according to the media and the courts but if a white man defends him or herself from the attack of a black person its a hate crime .”

      LOLWUT?!! when has that EVER been true? Did your wife cheat on you with a black man? Did a black person beat you up in school? I smell a klansman with a hint of propaganda here.

      • Lola Belle

        Beautiful response! Thank You..lmaoooo its never ok when its the black person doing anything wrong! If anything black people get the worst sentencing of anybody! Dan is a damn idiot…White people want EVERYTHING. The minute a rare hint of racism or unfairness blows their way they try to act like the world owes them and that they’re the victims! Smh

        • D

          Look who’s talking. Any time you generalize negatively about a race you are being racist. Look at what you said “White people want EVERYTHING. The minute a rare hint of racism or unfairness blows their way they try to act like the world owes them and that they’re the victims!” How is that not racist? I have never played victim of race and have never intentionally condemned anyone for their race even when assumption were made about me because I am white. Let me tell you, I have met some brilliant black people and brilliant white people, I have also met some retarded white people and some retarded black people, you definitely fall into the latter category, but then again, so does Dan so you have a point there…

          What I am saying is, do you really think discrimination is going to end when your response to this situation is more racism? our ancestors who worked so hard to try to fix these problems would be disgusted.

    • erika

      I totally agree with you.

    • shaggy

      Can I get an amen!

    • Dre Russell

      You obviously dont know the system well because if you did you wouldnt have said that the system is set up to f over blacks in so many ways, if you think its bs ill give you one example: crack and cocaine same thing but different prices ones cooked ones not if you get caught with a crack rock which is cheaper than cocaine your minimum sentence is 3 years in jail you get caught with a gram of coke 6 months in jail generally black people cant afford cocaine all the time so some of them smoke crack and white people generally can afford cocaine so before you go pulling that hate crime card out your ass take a look at the whole system and also usually when a black person commits a crime on a white person the penalty is worse than a hate crime

      • Feral

        I don’t mean to be completely obvious, but both crack and cocaine are illegal and very destructive drugs. Anyone selling, carrying, and using them are criminals and deserve whatever time is given them. Don’t want to go to jail (whatever race you are), don’t do the crime!

  • waffles

    That’s what we said! 🙂

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