13-ft-long king cobra caught from tree on house compound in Ernakulam
Kothamangalam (Ernakulam): A king cobra that crawled on a tree on the compound of a house at Vadattupara here was caught after hours of long effort. The snake that has a length of 13 feet and weighs 8.5 kilograms frightened the locals for a whole night.
The king cobra was found on top of a tamarind tree on the compound of Kousalya's house near Vadattupara school on Tuesday evening. First the snake was found on the courtyard, but later it crawled onto the tree. The forest guards and locals jointly engaged in the mission to take the snake from the tree.
When they failed in the effort, fire force arrived from Kothamangalam and pumped water on the snake using hose. Though they pumped water for about 30 minutes, the snake did not move. It only spread its hood sometimes and then settled calmly.
Finally, a team of Kodanad Forest Special Protection Force headed by section forest officer J V Sabu arrived by 7 at night. It was hard to catch the snake in the dark. People stayed awake by the tree. Later, the tree branch was cut down using a sowing machine on Wednesday by 8 in the morning. With this, the king cobra fell down to ground.
Though it spread the hood furiously, Sabu managed to catch the snake adventurously. The snake was covered in a net and taken to Abhayaranyam park. Sabu told 'Mathrubhumi' that he had never struggled so much to catch a king cobra before. The authorities said that the snake will be released at Vazhachal forest next day.