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Myanmar workers kill king cobra in Kamala

PHUKET: Myanmar workers in Kamala killed a king cobra today (Mar 7) after local residents became afraid that if one king cobra was caught, another might be searching for it.

By Eakkapop Thongtub

Wednesday 7 March 2018, 05:51PM

Rescue workers were unsure whether the snake was the same one as escaped capture yesterday (Mar 6). Photo: Supplied

Rescue workers were unsure whether the snake was the same one as escaped capture yesterday (Mar 6). Photo: Supplied

A king cobra measuring four metres in length and weighing around seven kilograms was captured at a house in Kamala yesterday afternoon (Mar 6) while a second which seen nearby took off before rescue worker had a chance to catch it. (See story here.)

Kamala rescue workers today (Mar 7) went back to the worker camp on Soi Namtok Bangwan in Kamala, where the second king cobra had not been caught yesterday, to search for it again.

Rescue workers arrived to find a dead king cobra.

One of the rescue workers said, “The king cobra was killed yesterday (Mar 6) by Myanmar workers at 6:30pm. They did not notify us to catch it as they were afraid that the king cobra might kill workers here, so they killed it by themselves.

The king cobra was the same size as the first one that we caught yesterday. We believe the king cobra was looking for a place to lay eggs,” the rescue worker said.

“The king cobra that was caught yesterday will be released to the Khao Phra Thaeo Non-Hunting Area in Thalang,” the rescue worker noted.



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DeKaaskopp | 08 March 2018 - 15:10:39

A cobra,very common in Thailand,is found at a worker camp and Mr."Smarties"in his role as a speaker for foreign worker starts to blame some Thai authorities.Doesn't he know that snakes can sneak easily even in solid built houses with mosquito screens.Didn't we have enough stories on here where they were found in a kitchen or bathroom?Hope he can still sleep at night now.

peter rawai | 08 March 2018 - 08:50:21

We have a king cobra that lives around our house in Rawai, i hope eventually to find out where it nests so we can have it removed, we have 2 grandchildren and a dog to worry about
Its not aggressive and it would be a shame to kill it or have it killed, live and let live is my motto

Kurt | 07 March 2018 - 19:25:38

Well, you could wait for this outcome.
Myanmar workers in these shed camps have no living quarters protection against dangerous snakes.
No mosquito screens whatever, so they have to handle the matter themselves to make sure they can sleep in piece at night.
Foreign Workers camps in Thailand are a disgrace. Smart minus 3.0.
No respect for foreign workers at all. Any laws here just forgotten?

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