Firefighters received a distress call on Thursday from a woman in Shanghai’s southwestern Minhang District stating that two snakes were seen slithering along a road. Within an hour, firefighters had collected eighteen snakes in the area, each of which were at least a meter long and three finger widths wide. The evening prior, a firefighter had collected seven more.
They caged the snakes and delivered them to the zoo. A zoo staff member said all of the snakes are non-native species and a type of cobra which is a class II protected species in China.
The wild animal protection station believes the snakes were released by someone with good intent, a loon that believed they were doing right by freeing the snakes from captivity. Or perhaps their owner just lost them.
Experts warn that releasing wildlife poses a threat to the ecological environment if they are not indigenous species. Not to mention, the venomous snakes could have caused serious harm to nearby residents. Thankfully they were still in hibernation state.
By Mary DeMay
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