Coyote Peterson is a man on a mission: to get stung by as many insects as possible.
A well-known wilderness expert and popular YouTube personality, Peterson has experienced some of the most infamously painful insect bites and stings this planet has to offer.
On previous occasions he’s been left in a lot of agony – like the time he decided to plunge both of his hands into a fire ant nest.It was an “experiment” that left him with swollen limbs and some permanent scaring.
The 36-year-old wasn’t done there though – later he got himself stung by a velvet ant. These bad boys are known for having some of the longest stingers in the world. On this occasion, Peterson was left in absolute agony for 30 solid minutes before the pain began to subside.
You would think that would be enough to put anyone off insects for life – but you would be wrong. Not only did Coyote then seeking out the bullet ant – an insect experts reckon boasts the most potent sting in the world – but he only went and got himself bit by one.
Travelling to the rainforests of Costa Rica, Peterson spent several days looking for the creatures. Eventually, Coyote uncovered a nest and the experiment could begin.
Having got the ant’s stinger stuck in his arm, Coyote began to feel waves of intense pain wash over his entire body and fell to the ground with his arm immediately tensing up.
Soon enough the toxin released within the ant’s venom began to attack Peterson’s entire muscle structure, all the way up to his neck.
“At the moment, I am experiencing hot radiating waves of pain,” Coyote explains in the video capturing the aftermath of the bite. “It feels as if someone has stabbed me with a hot poker. I can feel the venom, it’s throbbing.”
Worst of all, the pain is said to last for around 24 hours. Still, it can’t get any worse for him after this, right? Right? Let’s wait and see on that one.
The entire incident is strangely reminiscent of the time Bear Grylls got stung by a bee and ended up looking like an alien on national TV.
Similar, maybe, but not quite as hilarious.
Loaded staff writer Jack Beresford has produced content for Lad Bible, Axonn Media and a variety of online sports and news media outlets.