Five-feet-long cobra found in Agra resident’s kitchen

Agra, Aug 17 (IANS) A five-feet-long cobra was rescued on Wednesday from Artoni, Agra on the National Highway to Delhi.

Wildlife SOS said a two-member rescue team was despatched to the location soon after they received a call on their helpline number.

“My niece was in the kitchen and completely unaware of the presence of the cobra near the gas stove. The snake was about to raise its hood when she caught sight of it and ran out of the kitchen in a state of shock,” said Wazir Ali, who placed the call to the rescue unit.

After ensuring that the family was at a safe distance, the team carefully transferred the snake into a transport container.

“When rescuing snakes, we have to initially ensure that all potential hiding places are scrutinized and escape routes blocked off so we don’t lose them. Then we need to carefully remove the snake without cornering it or alarming it too much to prevent any accidents. Dealing with venomous snakes can be quite challenging but our team is trained to handle and carry out such sensitive operations,” Kartick Satyanarayan, Co-founder of Wildlife SOS, said.

The cobra is currently under observation and will soon be released into its natural habitat.

–IANS

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