King cobras are well-known for being dangerous. Just the thought of seeing this (or snakes in general) can even instigate an automatic fearful response to some.
Now here’s something you don’t see everyday.
A video was able to capture how this extremely venomous reptile asked humans for help. It shows how the 12 ft. King cobra appears to drink water out of a man’s (WHAT?) bottle. While this type of snake doesn’t really like confrontations, the massive cobra must have been really thirsty after extreme drought in southern parts of India to actually find its way to a local village to try getting some water.
So, are you prepared for this cringing but amazing rescue? Well, here’s the video:
One man first took a grip of cobra’s tail to prevent it from launching a vicious attack. The other one, who held the bottle, had a snake catcher on his other hand just in case the situation turns nasty. He came in front of the snake and splashed it some water to cool it down.
He then cautiously extended the water bottle, pouring the water out of it for the cobra to drink from. And then the incredible happened- it drank! You can even see it gulp. Fortunately, everything went well. And the snake was later taken to an animal care facility.
According to Smithsonian’s National Zoo, king cobras can grow up to 18 feet in length. And while they’re considered to be hostile snakes, they’re said to attack people only for defense. “Throughout its entire range from India to Indonesia, the king cobra causes fewer than five human deaths a year, about one-fifth as many as caused by rattlers in North America,” the zoo’s website states.
They must have been really “friendly” after all, we just don’t know.