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Watch a Man Snatch an Angry Cobra With His Bare Hands

Short | 01:36

How do you deal with a king cobra that's holed up in a busy village in India? If you're Gowri Shankar, world famous snake handler, it's a simple matter of grabbing the snake by the tail and putting it in a bag.

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Two miles from the bustling towns of southern India, the lush Western Ghats rainforest harbors a sacred but deadly deity, the king cobra. Reaching lengths of up to 18 feet and packing enough venom to kill an elephant with a single strike, this apex predator is both revered and feared by its human neighbors. But right now, the imposing beast isn't looking for a fight. He's looking for love. It's mating season in the Western Ghats, a period when most human-snake conflicts occur, and it's up to an expert wrangler, Gowri Shankar, to keep the peace.

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