A “manhunt” is underway for around 200 monocled baby cobras that escaped from Chunyi livestock farm in Nanjing. So far, around 150 have been caught or killed. Sidenote: They escaped in August.
Fearing that the adolescent cobras pose a threat to residents, the local authority has instructed workers to search for the escapees, according to Xinhua. Residents have been “reassured” by government officials that the snakelets’ venom is less toxic than mature snakes. For anyone wondering how toxic “one of Thailand’s most deadly snakes” is, let’s just say if you get bitten (and can make it to the hospital), you have around 40 minutes left…
The local government of Liuhe claimed that it wasn’t informed about the escape until October 10th, and only became aware of the situation because a villager reported a surprise visitor that he had discovered and killed.
It turns out that the snake farm was unlicensed to breed the venomous reptile. However, in August, a total of 1,820 monocled cobra eggs were brought to the farm from the southern province of Guangdong without official approval and 1,500 of the eggs hatched, reported Xinhua.
Snake parts are vital ingredients to various traditional Chinese medicines and also play a pretty important role in snake wine. The snake business can be rather profitable, we’ve heard.
Residents shouldn’t worry as for the moment, as the snakes will only be preying on small amphibious creatures. A five kilometer radius search of the area has been set up by the authorities in a bid to catch these pesky kids. Snake venom serum as well as medical personal are also on hand just in case anyone is bitten. If you do find one in your bedroom, you could run, try and kill it or just use it for a wedding?
By Seamus Gibson
[images via Narada News / Weibo]