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Tit for tat: Nepali man bites cobra to death
Utpal Parashar, Hindustan Times
Kathmandu, August 23, 2012
First Published: 19:11 IST(23/8/2012)
Last Updated: 23:10 IST(23/8/2012)

Biting a man proved costly for a cobra in Nepal as the victim bit the snake back in a fit of rage -- killing the poisonous serpent.

Mohammad Salmo Miya, resident of a village in Morang district in eastern Nepal attacked the white cobra measuring nearly six feet on Tuesday when the reptile was fleeing after biting him.

The 55-year-old was watering his field around 7:30pm when the snake bit him on his right leg, Annapurna Post reported on Thursday.

“I got angry after the white cobra bit me. Then I caught of the fleeing snake and bit it to death,” Miya told the daily.
 
“I could have killed the snake with a stick but anger and the local belief that snake venom doesn’t affect a victim if the person is able to bite the snake to death made me take the step,” he added.
 
Miya has become a local celebrity following the incident with people from nearby villages flocking his village to see him and the serpent and pose for photos as well.
 
Following his act of bravado, the villager had gone to the local health post to get medical care. But it seems that won’t be necessary as his condition is stated to be normal.
 
Cobra is one of the most poisonous snakes and its bite can be lethal for adult humans. Nearly 200 people are estimated to die in Nepal every year due to snake bite.
 
The country is witnessing a severe scarcity of anti-snake venom in hospitals this summer and newspaper reports say snake bite victims have died due to non-availability of the drug.


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