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What sssocial distancing? 3-metre-long King Cobra slithers to Marsiling MRT

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What sssocial distancing? 3-metre-long King Cobra slithers to Marsiling MRT
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| MAY 04, 2020
| Rainier Cheung
Posted on 05/05/2020 12:51:32 AM PDT by nickcarraway

When the cat is away, the mice will play. While most people are cooped up at home during the circuit breaker, a three-metre-long King Cobra was spotted taking a stroll near Marsiling MRT on Sunday (May 3) afternoon. The curious spectacle was captured on video and uploaded onto Twitter that day. “I was strolling to NTUC to get groceries when this big girl came out of nowhere,” the woman behind the camera, who declined to be named, wrote in her tweet. Speaking with AsiaOne, her sister Feeza recounted how the venomous snake had slithered from a lift lobby of Block 16 Woodlands Street 13 before the crowd that had gathered there frightened the animal into hiding near a bush just outside the station. As NParks were busy handling another case at that point in time, the sisters called the Animal Concerns Research and Education Society (ACRES) for help instead. In the meantime, the area was cordoned off by an SMRT staff. Before ACRES staff arrived on the scene, an uncle boasted that he could catch snakes by himself but he was stopped by other on-lookers. However, the snake had started burrowing into a hole in the soil by the time ACRES got there. It took two people as well as snake tongs to safely extract the reptile. In a 30-second-long clip Feeza showed to AsiaOne, the staff took quite some effort to contain the cobra in a transporting tub. Kalai Vanan, Deputy Chief Executive of ACRES, told AsiaOne it was likely the shy forest creature had ended up in the heartlands by travelling through the canals and drainage networks which connect the area to nearby green spaces such as Sungei Cina and the Central Nature Reserve. The snake was confirmed to be unharmed and was later released at a suitable location. ACRES advised the public against crowding around wild animals to prevent stressing them out, which may cause them to act in self-defence. During this period of time, the wildlife rescue group also reminded the public to observe proper social distancing measures.

TOPICS: Pets/AnimalsKEYWORDS: cobra; singapore; snake

There’s a video too.

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posted on 05/05/2020 12:51:32 AM PDT
by nickcarraway

To: nickcarraway

I was driving down a road in Thailand’s KhaoYai National Park once…..

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posted on 05/05/2020 1:48:37 AM PDT
by LeoWindhorse

To: nickcarraway

Ok
Dont open the blue barrel
Got it

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posted on 05/05/2020 1:58:13 AM PDT
by tm61
(Election 2012: we find it IS possible, to polish a turd.)

To: nickcarraway

“The snake was confirmed to be unharmed and was later released at a **suitable location**”
?
buried deep underground after removing the head?

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posted on 05/05/2020 2:20:22 AM PDT
by Texas Fossil
((Texas is not where you were born, but a Free State of Heart, Mind & Attitude!))

To: tm61

My neighbor has about 20 of those blue barrels behind his workshop. ….now that I think of it. ….haven’t seen his wife since New Years. …..hmmmmm

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posted on 05/05/2020 3:40:28 AM PDT
by redshawk
( I want my red balloon. ( https://youtu.be/V12H2mteniE))

To: redshawk

Neighbor should have gotten the wife size and not
The king cobra size barrel
I think its in the next aisle at costco.

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posted on 05/05/2020 4:11:30 AM PDT
by tm61
(Election 2012: we find it IS possible, to polish a turd.)

To: Texas Fossil

Where the hell is a ‘suitable location’ to release a venomous cobra in Singapore? The whole country is urban.

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posted on 05/05/2020 4:17:48 AM PDT
by punchamullah

To: nickcarraway

O Thou, who Man of baser earth didst make,And even with Paradise devise the Snake,For all the sin wherewith the face of ManIs blackened, Man’s forgiveness give-and take!The Rubaiyat of Omar KhayyamEdward FitzGeraldtranslator

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posted on 05/05/2020 4:34:08 AM PDT
by Savage Beast
(President Trump, praying for guidance, giving his salary to charity, is on the Side of the Angels.)

To: punchamullah

I don’t have issue with non-poisonous snakes. They do control rodents, but the poisonous types I know how to handle. I kill them.
Rattlers, cotton mouths and coral snakes. History if I can make it so.
City Folks don’t get it. Too many tree huggers, who don’t have a clue about dangerous animals.

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posted on 05/05/2020 6:21:46 AM PDT
by Texas Fossil
((Texas is not where you were born, but a Free State of Heart, Mind & Attitude!))

To: Texas Fossil

I had a recurring problem, every January and February, with cobras coming on my property in Jakarta. They were young cobras, whose venom is far more deadly than the adults. Every year I killed 8 to 10 of them, some inside my house. This was very worrying, as my grandchildren are always running around outside barefoot.I figured out that they came because during the height of the rainy season, you cannot walk across my lawn without stepping on frogs, and frogs are their favourite food. They took out some of the small rats, as well.
By good fortune, a biawak (water monitor) moved into my place around six months ago. Biawaks love frogs and rats, and this year the frog population was way down. Fewer rats as well, and I have not seen one cobra this year. The biawak had a missus move in, and now I have Pa, Ma, and a young’un. Pa is over four feet long now, good diet, and scares the hell out of visitors!

To: punchamullah

Thank you for conveying that experience.
I have a similar one. On our farm (4 miles from town on good highway) we have for many years had problems with rattlesnakes. A few years back (after the year of the rat, that followed a year of heavy rain and huge cricket population) I killed 5 in our implement barn. We are constantly aware of them.
But the limiting factor now is a badger who took up residence under one of the shops. He is doing his job, but got a bit carried away. A older home of the farm, in poor repair and used for nothing but storage now, must have had snakes take up in the walls. (wooden frame structure) Went there one morning and the badger had pulled the lowest siding board off and obviously ate the snakes. Deep claw marks on the Masonite siding outer sheeting and deep cuts in the milled fir siding underneath. The badger tore a 12 foot section of the bottom plank of fir siding off.
Badgers are fierce, but they don’t bother us. So I leave that great snake killer alone.
Racoons are a nuisance in my orchard, but they too eat snakes. So I only kill them when they get out of hand.
We live in the real world, don’t we? Nature is amazing.

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posted on 05/06/2020 1:14:21 AM PDT
by Texas Fossil
((Texas is not where you were born, but a Free State of Heart, Mind & Attitude!))

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