posted on Sep, 4 2014 @ 08:38 AM
FOX News: A potentially deadly
albino cobra is slithering free in an upscale California suburb, and authorities are in a desperate search to find it before it bites someone.
The hooded viper, possibly an escaped illegal pet, has already bitten a dog in the Thousand Oaks community, and the Los Angeles County Department of
Animal Care and Control, which handles animal emergencies in nearby Ventura County, is warning people to keep their pets indoors and their doors
closed until the snake is captured. The monocled cobra was described as "very dangerous and venomous" and, although it is not typically aggressive,
it injects a neurotoxin venom that can kill within hours.
"Do not approach it, do not try to capture it, do not try to kill it," said Brandon Dowling, a Los Angeles County spokesman, adding that if the
snake does bite someone, antivenom will be flown in from the San Diego Zoo.
The cobra was spotted and photographed Wednesday and appeared to be several feet long. It bit a dog on Monday evening, but the owner didn't report it
until Tuesday, Dowling said. The dog, named Kiko, was seen on television reports sporting a large red wound on its neck but otherwise appeared
My friend just texted me about this snake which everyone is looking for(she lives nearby). She's afraid to go to the bathroom because a rumor was
going around that it would come up out of the toilet, mental picture of that is not refreshing! If anyone find's it please don't hurt it or let the
police shoot it, lol. But also be careful and don't get bit, that would ruin your day for sure.
I don't know, people just never seem to learn that keeping pets such as these eventually turns out to be a bad idea. Even if you are a world renowned
lion tamer, it still does not exclude you from protection, the odds are not in your favor and will catch up with you eventually.
As for this absolutely beautiful cobra, I hope it finds it way to a safe place.
Hope your mornings are going well, AB