If you’re anything like me, you’re terrified of any animal that has the potential to sting you. Be it a wasp, bee or ant, none are welcome anywhere near my skin.
A majority of the creatures that sting cannot cause you any REAL harm, other than a slight pain, numbness or an itch. But their menacing body armor provokes an instant fear within the human mind, despite the fact that they can easily be squashed under a firm foot.
However, there are those creatures out there which do have the potential to cause you serious pain. However, it is only the brave (or stupid) who usually encounter them and experience their full wrath. One of those people is Coyote Peterson, an American wildlife educator who frequently provokes vicious animals in order to learn more about them.
The intrepid wildlife adventurer is no stranger to serious stings, however, he may have met his match when he came up close and dangerous with a Warrior Wasp.
“This is gonna definitely be tough,” the 36-year-old said as he stared directly into the camera, before tempting the wasp to pierce his skin with its enormous sting.
“This experiment into what happens from an onslaught of stings opened the doors to a world of pain that I would attempt to endure in the name of education and science,” he dramatically explains, while hunting for a Warrior Wasp nest in order to capture a specimen.
However, once he has the Warrior Wasp, the YouTube personality becomes nervous. “I was excited to catch it and now I realize I have just sealed my fate,” he tells his eight million followers.
The aim of the experiment was to assess the potency of the Warrior Wasp’s sting. Was it crippling? Could the human body tolerate it?
“I have to just sit back for a second and admire this creature. How could something only that big, about an inch in length, possibly contain such a potent sting?” Peterson asks, his voice full of awe.
Essentially, Peterson’s mission was to take one for the team, in order to establish the effect of the creature’s defense mechanisms on the human body.
“Very few people have actually been stung by one of these insects, because unlike normal paper wasp species, they often build their massive nests high up in the trees of the Central and South American rainforests, a place where humans virtually never encounter them.”
“They’re incredibly fast, much faster than your typical paper wasp,” he nervously informs the camera, before going on to say that they’re also “incredibly aggressive.”
“Just based on the knowledge that these are extremely aggressive, I have a feeling that the sting is going to be unbelievably painful. But, I am mentally prepared to take the sting.”
However, unperturbed by the dangers he faces, Peterson extracts the wasp from the glass vial before proceeding to push it against his exposed skin.
Immediately after the wasp has taken the bait, Peterson lets out a little welp of pain before crumpling to the leafy rainforest floor. “Oh man, it works really quickly. So far, not as bad as the bullet ant,” he says through gritted teeth before seeming to change his mind: “Nope, nope, hold on.”
As the cameramen repeatedly ask Peterson if he is okay, the Ohio born adventurer continues to provide updates. “Sharp shooting pain,” he hisses through pursed lips. “My arm is swelling up really, really, quickly.”
“So what is happening right now is the venom is getting into my bloodstream, right. And what is happening is it is breaking down the membranes around my blood cells, and it’s causing them to scatter. Now there’s cells in there that are neurons, right. Those neurons are sending messages to my brain that are screaming pain, pain, pain, and trust me when I say there’s massive amounts of pain going through my arm right now!”
“The pain is actually getting worse as time goes on, and I don’t know if that’s actually the venom taking hold or that’s just the neurons firing to my brain cells, saying you’re in a lot of pain right now Coyote.”
“I am trying to just, like, mentally absorb the pain right now […] I do feel like I am getting close to fainting and that is not good. I’m just trying to control my breathing,” he breathlessly explains as the pain begins to subside.
Ultimately, Peterson survived the test and the Warrior Wasp was released back into the wild to rejoin its nest. Despite the excruciating pain that the wasp inflicted, Peterson maintains that it isn’t the worst he has felt.
While this experiment may seem completely crazy, there are those around the world who pay good money to be stung by a bee as a form of therapy. Learn more in this video: