Videos of snake catchers often go viral on social media, as these people do work that would make most others shudder. More often than not, these rescuers amaze us with the ease with which they capture potentially dangerous snakes, but even seasoned snake catchers sometimes have a few bad surprises. Recently, one in Karnataka narrowly avoided being attacked by a hostile king cobra in a video that has now gone viral online.
The footage shows the snake catcher trying to rescue a snake from a bathroom. ETV Bharat identified him as snake expert Ashok from Belthangady, located in Dakshina Kannada district of Karnataka. The area has a significant population of snakes.
In the footage, only the tail of the 14-foot king cobra is initially visible, peeking out of the bathroom doorway. The snake catcher bends down to grab the tail and begins to pull it towards him. However, he is forced to spring back in horror when the snake, a venomous king cobra, suddenly rears its head and leaps out, ready to strike.
Fortunately, Ashok managed to avoid being attacked by the snake and retreated just in time.
Parveen Kaswan, who shared the video on Twitter, cited the video as an example of “How not to save a snake. Especially if it’s a king cobra.”
— Parveen Kaswan (@ParveenKaswan) September 7, 2021
The video has been viewed more than 60,000 times since it was shared on the microblogging platform this morning.
While many Twitter users in the comment section said the snake savior had a lucky break, others found humor in the situation and also imagined the snake’s thought process.
That Cobra is like… pic.twitter.com/jZlwkHJm7e
— ThatBrahminGuy (@DrAtul1968) September 7, 2021
Who saves who????!!!!
That Kobra seems to be asking, ‘Hello what’s up, can I help you??!’
— ???????? (@__aninda) September 7, 2021
Snake is like, **Haa bol kya bolna chata hai**
— Sudhanshu ???????? (@__sudhanshu_) September 7, 2021
According to ETV Bharat, the video was shot in late August after a man named Gopalakrishna Bhat found the king cobra in his bathroom. The snake was eventually rescued and released into a forest.
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