Eight-Year-Old Boy Bit Cobra to Death After It Got Wrapped Around His Hand

“I bit it hard, twice.”

A young boy in Jashpur district, India, has become famous in his local community for taking on a dangerous predator. Deepak was attacked by a cobra while playing in his yard—but he fought back and won. The cobra reportedly wrapped itself around eight-year-old Deepak's hand, forcing him to do whatever it took to remove the poisonous snake. "It all happened in a flash," Deepak told local media. Here's how he managed to get the cobra off him and survive the gruesome attack.

 

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Playing In the Yard

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Deepak was reportedly playing in the yard of his house in the remote village of Pandarpadh in Jashpur district, which is located approximately 350 km northeast of Raipur. Jashpur is apparently known as "Naglok" (abode of serpents) thanks to there being over 200 species of snakes. According to the boy, the snake attacked him without provocation while he was in the backyard and caused him immense pain. Deepak then fought back against the dangerous reptile.

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Great Pain

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According to Deepak, the snake wrapped itself around his hand and bit him, causing him immense distress. The only choice he had was to fight back, so he bit the snake until it let go. "The snake got wrapped around my hand and bit me. I was in great pain. As the reptile didn't budge when I tried to shake it off, I bit it hard twice. It all happened in a flash," he said.

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Survivor

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Deepak's parents were understandably alarmed by the incident and jumped into action. They took their son to a nearby health care center where doctors immediately treated him for snake bite injuries.  "He was quickly administered anti-snake venom and kept under observation for the entire day and discharged," says Dr. Jems Minj, the block medical officer.

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Fast Recovery

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According to authorities, the snake didn't actually release any venom into Deepak, which made his recovery faster. "Deepak didn't show any symptoms and recovered fast owing to the dry bite when the poisonous snake strikes but no venom is released. Such snakebites are painful and may show only local symptoms around the area of bite," says snake expert Qaiser Hussain.

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A Legend In His Own Time

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"I have never come across such an incident in Jashpur district," says journalist Ramesh Sharma. But this isn't the first time a child has become famous for killing a snake in self-defense—a two-year-old girl in Turkey killed a snake by biting it to death after the snake reportedly attacked her lip. "Our neighbors have told me that the snake was in the hand of my child, she was playing with it and then it bit her," said the girl's father Mehmet Ercan. "Then she has bitten the snake back as a reaction."

Ferozan Mast
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