Reading Time: < 1 minute

A desperate crayfish has been filmed removing one of his own claws in a bid to escape from a pot of boiling soup.

The video footage, which has been viewed more than a million times on Weibo, was taken at a restaurant in China – one of the world’s largest producers of crayfish.

It shows the crustacean climbing from the pot, before pulling off his claw, and scuttling away.

WARNING: Some may find the video upsetting

Took him home

Viewers of the film – which was uploaded to Chinese platform Weibo by a user called Juike – supported the crayfish, branding him ‘brave’ and hoping he would survive.

According to reports, one user said: “Don’t eat him, seeing how hard he’s trying to survive.” Another implored the restaurant to ‘let him go’.

Juike, who posted the video, said: “I let him live, I already took him home and am raising him in an aquarium.”

Maria Chiorando

Maria is the editor of Plant Based News. As a former magazine editor, newspaper reporter, and features writer, her work has been published by The Guardian, The Huffington Post, and various regional newspapers, as well as Vegan Life magazine and Vegan Trade Journal. She has interviewed a huge range of people, from Prime Ministers to authors, activists, pop stars and actors, and enjoys the varied range of topics writing for PBN allows her to tackle.