This is the ʙɪᴢᴀʀʀᴇ scene that occurred after three ᴅᴀɴɢᴇʀᴏᴜs king cobras were released into the wild in India. Nilesh Wankhede, 32, a guide in Melghat Tiger Reserve in western Maharashtra state, shot the film as the snakes ascended a tree. On Wednesday, Nilesh ʀᴇsᴄᴜᴇd the snakes from three separate locations in Harisal village, which borders the reserve.
‘I have ʀᴇsᴄᴜᴇd hundreds of snakes in the previous 20 years, but I have never seen such a sight…it was amazing to see the three together,’ he added. The video shows three king cobras hissing and flaring their characteristic hoods as they wrap themselves around a tree stump as three guys look on.
Nilesh claims that the snakes climbed the tree after being released into the bush. ‘It was an amazing sight since they didn’t rush to the grass or burrows.’ They had been dangling from the tree for almost 15 minutes.’
‘I had ʀᴇsᴄᴜᴇd them from the village after they were sighted in a variety of places, one was seized from the range office,’ he stated. The other was in a cowshed, and the third was in a cottage.
After ʀᴇsᴄᴜɪɴɢ them, I brought them to the jungle with a buddy to release them in the wild. The three rapidly moved and climbed a tree once I freed them from the bag.’ Yesterday, photos of the snakes were shared on a Facebook page called Indian Wildlife.
The post, titled ‘Magical Melghat, saw 3 cobras in Harisal jungle!’ has received over 5,600 likes. King cobras may grow to be 18 feet long, making them the longest ᴅᴇᴀᴅly snakes. Their ᴠᴇɴᴏᴍ is not the strongest among ᴘᴏɪsᴏɴᴏᴜs snakes.
However, the quantity of neuroᴛᴏxɪᴄ they can deliver in a single bite—up to two-tenths of an ounce—is enough to ᴋɪʟʟ 20 humans or an elephant. ‘I feel privileged to have witnessed this one-of-a-kind moment,’ Nilesh remarked. The snakes are exceedingly ᴅᴇᴀᴅly, and an ᴀᴄᴄɪᴅᴇɴᴛ may have occurred, but they did not bite us.’