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King Cobra rescued and released

Jun 16. 2017
The cobra, which was just over two meters long and weighed about 3kgs, was released into the jungle nearby the 'Nature and Wildlife Education Center'. Photo: Kritsada Mueanhawong
The cobra, which was just over two meters long and weighed about 3kgs, was released into the jungle nearby the 'Nature and Wildlife Education Center'. Photo: Kritsada Mueanhawong
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By Phuket Gazette

PHUKET: A king cobra was captured after it was found underneath the hood of a car parked at the ‘Nature and Wildlife Education Center’ at Khao Phra Thaew yesterday.

The cobra was just over two meters long and weighed about 3kgs. It was released into a jungle near the center.

Kusoldharm Foundation rescue workers arrived at the scene after locals in the area reported that the creature had crawled under a car in the parking lot. 

“We lifted the hood to find the cobra inside and used a stick to poke it so it would raise its head. We then used a loop to hook the cobra and bring it out from under the hood. The operation took about 15 minutes,” said Virach Rodpan, president of the foundation’s Muang Mai office.

“When I got to my car, I found the snake crawling in front of it. Once I got closer, the snake quickly disappeared underneath. I have no idea how it ended up inside the hood, but I immediately called for help,” said the car’s owner.

Given that the creature was captured close to lottery day, locals noted the license plate number to purchase lottery tickets.

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