Man Catches Huge Cobra In Shop With Bare Hands

This is the moment an animal handler known as ‘the snake charmer’ – with five years experience under his belt – catches an enormous king cobra in a shop with his bare hands.

According to local media, the 4.8-metre (15.7-foot) king cobra (Ophiophagus hannah) was first spotted on a minimarket shelf in Kampung Merchong in the town of Pekan in the western Malaysian state of Pahang.

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According to local media, the huge reptile, which reportedly weighed seven kilogrammes (15.4 lbs), was caught by 23-year-old Shafiq Zulkifli, known to local residents as ‘the snake charmer’.

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The snake captured was monitored by firefighters from the Nenasi Fire and Rescue station

According to Zulkifli, who has been handling dangerous snakes for over five years, he caught the king cobra with his bare hands while under the supervision of local firefighters on the scene.

He explained: “I was informed by the shop owner and firefighters after the snake was seen behind a shelf at about noon.”

Zulkifli added that the cobra was “not aggressive” because it had just shed its skin and its news scales were “beautiful without any scratches”.

He claimed it took him just five minutes to catch the snake which he then placed in a large bag.

According to Zulkifli, the king cobra was released back into the wild in the area of Nenasi.

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Story By: Lee BullenSub-EditorJoseph Golder,  Agency: Asia Wire Report

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