Video: Cobra undergoes spine surgery after it was broken by scared locals

09 May 2018, 18:37

NTV Online
Photo: Collected

This is the heart-warming moment a six-month-old cobra got its spine back in a rare surgery after petrified locals broke it with sticks.

Chadalawada Kranthi, 26, a snake rescuer had received a call from Brahmananda Rao, a farmer informing him about a cobra hiding in his bedroom on Sunday night. 

Kranthi, who runs Snake Saver Society, a NGO dedicated to conservation and rescue of snakes, said he had requested Rao to not disturb the reptile, reports the Story Trender. 

But while he left for Rao’s village in Ramchandrapuram in Andhra Pradesh in southern India, on his way, the rescuer received another call informing him that the snake had been badly beaten with stick.  

When he reached Rao’s house, he found the snake’s spine had been broken and its intestines had spilled out. 

Kranthi, who has rescued over 10,000 snakes, mostly cobras and vipers, did not lose hope. 

Instead he brought the severely injured snake to his home, gave it first aid and next morning took it to a veterinarian surgeon who tied the shattered spine together in an hour-long surgery.

Kranthi said:’A four-feet-long cobra was hiding under alimarah, in the farmer’s house. A huge crowd had gathered his house after hearing his cries for help. One of them called me for the rescue. But before my arrival one of the person’s tried to kill the snake and he hit on the back.

‘Since it was night, I took the snake home and gave it first aid. The next morning it was still alive. I realised a surgery was required, so I took it to the veterinary hospital in Nidadavolu. 

‘I thank the doctor for performing the surgery and saving the snake’s life.’

There surgeon, Dr Rama Koteswara Rao, operated on the cobra for over an hour. The shattered spine was tied together with sutures and the stomach was stitched up after the intestines were stuffed back in.’

The cobra will remain in the care of Mr Kranthi for two weeks after which it will be released into the wild. 

Kranthi, who has worked for over seven years to protect the reptiles said: ‘It is a common thing for people hitting snakes. There is a fear of the snake biting. It is a psychological reflex. 

‘But gradually, a sense of awareness is growing among the people in small towns about the importance of protecting snakes. These days, if anyone finds a snake in their house, they call the SSS.’