King cobras are venomous snakes that are endemic in Asia and can be found predomininantly in forests across Southeast Asia and espeically in India. If ever you see a king cobra in the wild, the best thing you can really do is to run away as fast as you can – and stay far, far away from this venomous creature because you’ll never stand a chance if you try to fight with it.
Of course, that rule does not apply to trained professionals – such as the forest rangers in India who have extensive training and experience on dealing with king cobras.
Now, a king cobra has recently gone viral for entering a village in Karnataka, India, not to attack the villagers but to actually ask for water! News sites across the internet were abuzz over the king cobra who reportedly asked for water because it was desperately thirsty due to the prevailing drought in the area.
The Deputy Range Forest Officer of Karwar forest range, CN Naykka, was videotaped giving the snake some water from a bottle. Snake expert Raghavendra held the snake’s tail while Naykka first poured some water on its head before allowing the snake to drink from the bottle! Incredible, isn’t it?
“The Kaiga Power Plant is located near the forest range. The snake had wandered into the Kaiga Township, located near the plant sometime in the morning. We spotted the King Cobra at around 12.30 pm and it was dehydrated due to the extreme heat. Hence, I offered it some water and took it to a rescue centre,” the forest officer said.
It was truly a sight to behold! Check out the viral video here: