The snake had wrapped itself around the boy's arm while he was playing outside his house. In a state of desperation, he decided to give it a taste of his own medicine and brutally sank his own teeth into the animal's body to free himself
The young Indian identified as Deepak
A boy Indian, identified as Deepak, only eight years old, killed an adult cobra after desperately taming it, in an action of self-defense after being attacked by the snake in the village of Pandarpadh in central Chhattisgarh in India.
The cobra had wrapped itself around the boy's arm and stabbed his < b>fangs in the skin while he was playing outside his family's house.
In a desperate battle against the pain, Deepak euphorically shook his arm but could not get rid of the reptile, which is why, under a state of shock, he decided to give it a taste of its own medicine and brutally sank its own teeth into the animal's body, managing to kill it just before it injected its venom.
“The snake wrapped itself around my hand and bit me. He was in a lot of pain,” young Deepak told the local outlet, The New Indian Express.
“As the reptile didn't moved when I tried to shake him off, I bit him hard twice. It all happened in an instant,” he said.
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Snakebites are very common in India, a study recently revealed that in 2019 more than 85 percent of the deaths from attacks of this type are recorded in that country.
An Indian cobra
After the incident, the The boy's parents emergency rushed him to a nearby medical center where they kept him under observation to ensure a successful recovery.
After carrying out the medical studies, the doctors determined that it was a “dry bite”, which means that the cobra did not release any venom.
“Deepak did not show any symptoms and recovered quickly due to the dry bite when the poisonous snake attacks but does not release venom,” a snake expert told The New Indian Express.
Dry bites are often administered by adult snakes who have complete control over the venom deployment of their glands.
India is the country where more people die from snake bites
Snakes use venom to kill prey or when fighting dangerous predators. Dry bites often occur when the snake is trying to warn or scare animals, rather than kill them.
The Jashpur district, where Deepak had the incident with the cobra, it is famous for the activity of snakes, there are more than 200 species of snakes that live in the region, according to the British media The Daily Mail.< /i>
The recent study mentioned above found that of the estimated 63,000 people who died from snake bites in 2019, 51,000 of the cases were recorded in India.