Video of Mother Spoon Feeding Son Tiny Live Tadpoles: Fact Check


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Video of Mother Spoon Feeding Son Tiny Live Tadpoles

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Mother feeds her toddler son a bowl of live tadpoles

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A somewhat disturbing video in heavy circulation online purports to show a Mother Spoon Feeding Son Tiny Live Tadpoles. Although inappropriate, the Mother was in fact feeding her toddler son a bowl of live tadpoles.

About Mother Spoon Feeding Son Tiny Live Tadpoles

What you see in the video is a Chinese mother feeding her toddler son tiny live tadpoles. The video shows the mother holding a white bowl full of water with about seven of the tadpole creatures swimming around it. While feeding, the child’s mother tells him the tadpoles are ‘little fish’ and scoops them into his mouth. The child seems to swallow and eat couple of them, even using his finger in second instance. It is unclear if the mother fed her child all the tadpoles in the bowl, but the video certainly freaked out many viewers on internet space. Once the video went viral on Chinese social media, it was also shared elsewhere.

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Snapshots from Video of Mother Spoon Feeding Son Tiny Live Tadpoles

About the Chinese Tradition

The mother in the video fed her child live tadpoles in a bid to bring him good health. As a matter of fact, parents in rural China believe eating such live and raw tadpoles will improve their immune systems and help with resistance to poison or venom. The traditional practice is mentioned in Chinese herbal medicine. Viewers however slammed the mother’s action. Chinese pediatrician from Shenzhen Children’s Hospital, Pei Honggang has warned about the dangers of consuming the creatures. He said the kid can suffer from parasitic infections like Sparganosis that are harmful. The infections can also happen when you eat frogs and snakes – anything raw.

Coming back to the story again, yes, the video of a Mother Spoon Feeding Son Tiny Live Tadpoles is a fact. After the video went viral, parents were urged to stop feeding live tadpole like creatures to their kids. Recent studies also suggest the traditional habit in some parts of rural, central China must be discouraged.

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Fact.

References:

A neglected risk for sparganosis: eating live tadpoles in central China


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