By Taniya Dutta
This is the moment good Samaritans rescue a 4-foot-long venomous King Cobra that was trapped in a mesh near a residential area in India.
The snake was found by locals on Tuesday, trapped in an iron mesh around a plant in Niladri Vihar in Bhubneswar in Odisha in eastern India.
The reptile had swallowed food minutes before passing through the mesh but got stuck.
After locals made alarming calls, volunteers from the Snake Helpline, a local NGO working for the conservation of snakes, came in for its rescue and took it out from the trap using cutters.
Subhendu Mallik, General Secretary of Snake Helpline said: “We carefully cut the mesh so to not hurt the snake.
“After rescue we had taken the snake to the veterinary college for assessment where we found it had sustained negligible injury.
“It was soon released into its natural habitat at the outskirts of the city around dusk.”
In the visuals, the baby cobra is seen patiently waiting for help as the volunteers cut the mesh using a pair of scissors. Once it is cut, the cobra is taken for treatment and later released into a nearby pond.