Rare surgery performed on king cobra without giving anaesthesia in Palakkad
Palakkad: A rare surgery was performed on a king cobra without giving anaesthesia. The surgery was conducted on a 6-year-old female cobra in Malampuzha Snake Park under the guidance of Dr V V Sreejith, Surgeon at Malampuzha Veterinary Dispensary. Bineesh, the snake caretaker in the snake park, also helped in the procedure.
The snake park officials said that the 14-feet long snake developed an infection around its tooth while swallowing its prey. The infection was on the tooth next to the venomous fang. The snake had started growing weak without proper intake of food. Surgery was fixed to save the snake’s life.
Giving anaesthesia might cause the snake to become unconscious. Holding it tight might also cause its death. It also meant a great threat for the lives of the medical team if the snake managed to escape from the grip and bite them.
The medical team very tactically removed the infected tooth, sewed the wound back together and applied medicine there. Dr Sreejith said that the cobra was getting better following the surgery.
He added that since king cobras take in food after intervals of time, the wound will be healed by the time the snake is ready for its next meal.