Back in 2009, Kanchana Ketkaew, hailing from Thailand, achieved a remarkable feat by shattering a world record. She resided in a confined 12-square-meter glass enclosure for a staggering 33 days and nights alongside 5,320 venomous scorpions.
Affectionately dubbed the “Scorpion Queen,” the 39-year-old Kanchana outdid her previous accomplishment from 2002, where she endured the presence of scorpions for one additional day.
Throughout the duration of her record-breaking endeavor, numerous scorpions gave birth within the enclosure, while a significant number perished each day. To replenish the scorpion population, two batches of 1,000 new scorpions were introduced during the course of the challenge.
As a result of concerns regarding animal welfare and the scorpions’ well-being, this record is no longer officially monitored.
During her remarkable ordeal, Kanchana was stung a total of 13 times. Fortunately, her body had developed a strong immunity to the venom over the years, allowing her to quickly recover from these stings. This marked a stark contrast to Nor Malena Hassan from Malaysia, the initial record holder in 2001, who suffered seven stings and briefly lost consciousness, nearly prematurely ending her 30-day record attempt.
Kanchana’s audacious feat was orchestrated by Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Pattaya and unfolded within the confines of the Royal Garden Plaza shopping mall in the city. The event drew significant attention, with tourists and media flocking to witness the spectacle.
Within her glass chamber, Kanchana was equipped with amenities, including a television, a bed, books, and even a refrigerator. The food she consumed wasn’t solely for her; each day, she fed the scorpions a mixture of raw egg and ground pork. Her only respite from confinement was a 15-minute bathroom break every eight hours.
The 33-day journey was an emotional rollercoaster for Kanchana, who reportedly broke down in tears on at least one occasion. Upon emerging from the enclosure at the conclusion of her record-setting endeavor, she expressed profound joy and gratitude, as relayed by Ripley’s representative, Somporn Naksuetrong.
Speaking to the attending press, Kanchana remarked, “It’s very difficult, but I persevered because of the tremendous support I received from both Thai and international tourists throughout the past 33 days.”
A few months later, in April 2009, Kanchana ventured onto the televised talent show “Lo Show dei Record” to set yet another scorpion-related record. This time, she aimed to achieve the longest duration, holding a scorpion in her mouth.
Kanchana successfully secured this record with a remarkable time of 2 minutes and 3 seconds. Her achievement remained unbroken for four years until Steve Ceriotto from the USA surpassed it with a time of 17 minutes and 17 seconds. Similar to her previous record, this achievement is no longer monitored due to concerns about animal welfare.