5-meter ‘guardian’ cobra pulled from southern home

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Officers predict the cobra had come out of the hills about a half-kilometer away, looking for water.

A thirsty king cobra was pulled from the bathroom of a Krabi house as neighbors debated whether it was a “guardian snake.”

Snake rustlers from the Krabi Pitak Pracha Foundation took about 10 minutes to capture the five-meter-long reptile from the house in Muang District Feb. 18.


Rescuers display the captured snake to residents and the press.


Homeowner Boonnit Petchruk, 44, called authorities after her five-year-old daughter started screaming from the bathroom. She walked in to find the snake crawling up the wall, its head at eye level with her daughter.

She pulled the girl out of the house and waited for rescuers, who said the cobra had come out of the hills about a half-kilometer away, looking for water.

The five-meter-long king cobra crawled into Boonnit Petchruk’s house and hid behind a washing machine in the bathroom.

A few neighbors criticized the removal of the snake, claiming the highly poisonous reptile was harmless and saying it was good luck and a “guardian” for the house.

Boonnit pointed out to the busybodies that it conveniently wasn’t their houses that they said should have a guardian cobra.

Snake rustlers from the Krabi Pitak Pracha Foundation took about 10 minutes to capture the five-meter-long reptile.


A thirsty king cobra was pulled from the bathroom of a Krabi house as neighbors debated whether it was a “guardian snake.”



Officers bagged the cobra to return it to nature.