May 27, 2020: In a shocking video that has surfaced on social media, an elderly woman can be seen dragging a cobra across the street by its tail-end before throwing it away.
The video, shared by Indian Forest Services officer Susanta Nanda, shows the decrepit, old woman yanking the snake by its tail to the edge of the village where she simply lassoes it back into the forest in one clean swipe.
"Grandma that’s not the way to treat a cobra," a surprised Nanda, who often shared videos of wildlife from across India, wrote on Twitter.
While the location of the video or the identity of the woman remains unknown, the video has managed to garner several reactions and comments on Twitter.
While netizens agreed that the snake could have been treated kindly, many praised the woman for her skill and for releasing the snake back into the wild instead of beating it or killing it. Yet others had suggestions for the IFS officer that included involving locals like the woman in the vides - who clearly knew what she was doing - in conservation efforts.
Named as "Vulnerable" on the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List since 2010, King Cobras are considered to be one of the most venomous snakes in the world. There are no known cures to cobra-bite venom.