Balasore: A rare 16-feet-long king cobra was rescued in an injured condition near Kalijhati village in Odisha’s Balasore district today morning.
The reptile was rescued by forest department officials after they received a distress call from the villagers, who spotted the king cobra hissing out loudly in pain.
The Forest department team led by wildlife warden Prakash Mardaraj rescued the king cobra and administered necessary treatment at Nilagiri veterinary hospital.
Reportedly, the reptile has been released deep into the Kuldiha Wildlife Sanctuary so that it doesn’t stray near inhabited areas.
King Cobras are the world’s longest venomous snake, although they generally avoid confrontation with humans. The snake is found in forest areas across India and south-east Asia. It generally feeds on other snakes.