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Man chases 4-meter-long venomous king cobra into dark drainage pipe to rescue it. Watch

Footage of the daring capture showed a man chasing the cobra - the world’s longest venomous snake - into a dark and cramped drainage pipe.

it-s-viral Updated: Oct 16, 2019 18:02 IST
Agence France-Presse
Agence France-Presse
Bangkok
4-meter-long, the king cobra weighs about 15 kgs.
4-meter-long, the king cobra weighs about 15 kgs. (@KrabiRescue)
         

A feisty four-metre (13-foot) king cobra was pulled from a sewer in southern Thailand in an hour-long operation, a rescue foundation said on Tuesday, describing the reptile as one of the largest they had ever captured.

The video of the daring capture shows a man chasing the cobra - the world’s longest venomous snake - into a dark and cramped drainage pipe. The cobra splashes around in water and tries to slither back into the pipe, but the man efficiently pulls it out by its tail - after multiple attempts.

A security guard on the housing estate where it was found first alerted the rescue group on Sunday.

“Seven rescue workers, including me, went there,” said Kritkamon Kanghae, 26, adding that the estate was built on a plot that was once jungle. Kritkamon said the snake was more than four metres long, weighed 15 kilos (33 pounds), and was the third-largest they had found. It was later released into the wild.

The group took to Facebook to share a video of the daring rescue mission. Take a look:

Thailand is teeming with reptiles, and several species of cobra are native to the southeast Asian country. References to the deadly snake fill folklore. The main international airport was built on an area that used to be called “Cobra’s Swamp”.

Snakes have increasingly become a headache for residents in the Thai capital, where the fire department is sent out to respond to calls from alarmed residents.

Authorities are reluctant to get rid of the reptiles because they help to control a rat population that could otherwise threaten crops and food stocks. King cobras, however, mainly feed on other snakes - particularly the rat snake.