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More Than 100 Baby Cobras Found in Labourer's House in Odisha, Used to Worship Them

The snakelets would be released in their natural habitat, away from human habitation, the DFO said, adding, he has spoken to the DFO of the nearby Hadagarh Wildlife Sanctuary about releasing the adult cobras and the baby cobras there.

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Updated:June 25, 2018, 7:41 AM IST
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More Than 100 Baby Cobras Found in Labourer's House in Odisha, Used to Worship Them
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Bhadrak: Over 110 baby cobras and two adult cobras were rescued from a house in a village in Odisha's Bhadrak district.

While the snakelets and 20 eggs were found in a labourer's mud house at Paikasahi village on Saturday, the adult snakes were spotted on Sunday, the Divisional Forest Officer (DFO) of Bhadrak, Amlan Nayak, said.

The snakelets are about two to three days old, he said, adding, the adult cobras, a male and a female, are around 2.10 metres in length.

The snakelets would be released in their natural habitat, away from human habitation, the DFO said, adding, he has spoken to the DFO of the nearby Hadagarh Wildlife Sanctuary about releasing the adult cobras and the baby cobras there.

S K Mirza, a snake rescuer, said he rushed to the site on Saturday evening after the labourer called Bijay Bhuyan, the owner of the house, informed him that a number of snakes were roaming inside his house.

After five hours of search, around 110 snakelets and 20 eggs were found, Mirza said.

There was a termite mound in one of the rooms in Bhuyan's house, he was aware of the presence of snakes there, worshipped them and offered milk, villagers claimed.

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