A ʜᴀɪʀ-ʀᴀɪsɪɴɢ video has ᴄᴀᴘᴛᴜʀᴇᴅ the ᴀsᴛᴏɴɪsʜing sight of a man giving a ‘bath’ to a huge king cobra in an open compound.
The video has been uploaded on Twitter by Iɴᴅɪᴀn Forest Services ᴏffɪᴄᴇʀ Susanta Nanda. In the video, the man can be seen pouring a bucket of water over a cobra as the reptile stays still and shows no sign of ᴀɢɢʀᴇssɪᴏɴ.
The man – who appears to be trained in handling snakes – is then seen cautiously petting the huge snake and pouring another bucket of water on its head to complete the bathing session.
While sharing the video on the microblogging platform, Mr Nanda ᴡᴀʀɴᴇᴅ his followers to not try this stunt at home, should they ever come across a snake. “Can be ᴅᴀɴɢᴇʀᴏᴜs. Please don’t try,” he wrote.
A Twitter user also went ahead and identified the man as conservationist Vava Suresh, who is an acclaimed expert of snakes from Kerala.
Since being posted, the 51-second-long video has gone viral on Twitter with over 73,000 views and dozens of stunned comments admiring the snake handler’s courage.
Others praised his bravery and lack of fᴇᴀʀ while handling one of the most ᴠᴇɴᴏᴍᴏᴜs snakes on the planet.
King cobras are the longest ᴠᴇɴᴏᴍᴏᴜs snake species on earth. According to the National Geographic, they can literally “stand up” and look a full-grown person in the eye. The amount of neuroᴛᴏxɪn they can deliver in a single ʙɪᴛᴇ is enough to ᴋɪʟʟ 20 people.