Cobras can be quite a sight to behold - they are majestic creatures and thrilling as they seem to dance as they move.
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The way they open their hoods alone is truly impressive but, as awe-inspiring as they are, they are also poisonous.
A bite is said to contain up to 0.2 ounces, equivalent to 7 milliliters, of neurotoxins. That is a whole lot and enough to maim 20 people or an elephant fatally!
It is owing to this fact that the video of 4 cobras standing guard over a sleeping baby is shocking.
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The snakes stand erect, with their hoods wide open, much like sentries. They surround the baby, watching for possible threats and ready to strike at the slightest sign of danger .
At some point, the baby rolls over and grabs one in a cuddle. Did your heart jump into your mouth? Relax, the snake did not attack the baby.
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If anything, the snake did not seem fazed by the gesture. After a while, the baby eases off the snake and readjusts on the outdoor bed.
The video had first been posted in 2013, but it has recently began making waves again. With well over 11,000 likes, the video has gone viral.
While some are in amazement, a few others are expressing outrage in the comment section as they believe that the snakes had been defanged and their mouths are sewn shut, rendering them impotent and giving them no choice but to become docile.
This would be a form of animal abuse yet it is unclear how precisely the snakes were forced to co-operate in such a way that goes against their nature.
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Also, it is impossible to tell the origin of the video, but cobras are more common in Asian countries like India.
So, what do you think? In the face of the growing insecurity all over the world, if you were confident that the snake was charmed or incapable of inflicting harm, would you allow snakes to protect your baby?