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Real Snake on a Plane: Cobra Forces Emergency Landing After Biting Passenger

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By Brittney R. Villalva, Christian Post Reporter
December 5, 2012|4:13 pm

A passenger plane was forced into an emergency landing after a Ccbra slithered out of someone's carry-on luggage.

"Snakes on a Plane" became a reality for 90 passengers aboard an Egypt Air flight on Monday. While no passengers were killed, and only one snake managed to come aboard, the pilot was still forced into and emergency landing, according to a CNN report.

One passenger, the man accused of bringing the snake on board, was bitten during the process. The 48-year-old reptile shop owner from Kuwait had been trying to gather the snake after being bitten when the snake made an attempt to get away, according to the report.

Heading towards Kuwait, the plane made an emergency landing in the Egyptian resort town of Al Ghardaqa on the Red Sea, where a doctor attempted to treat the passenger.

"Doctors told the passenger he should spend 24 hours in a hospital for observation, but the man refused, the Egyptian Air official said," local news sources reported.

Cobras are venomous snakes that are known to be deadly. Some species of the snake, the King cobra specifically, can grow over 18 feet long; their venom is so poisonous that it can kill a human within 15 minutes. Cobras rarely attack, unless disturbed. In this case, the injured passenger received only an artificial bite, and the flight resumed after authorities had confiscated the snake.

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But the cobra was not the only one to make headlines this week. A python also received 15 minutes of fame after being photographed attempting to consume a wildebeest calf. The encounter was photographed at the Welgevonden Game Reserve in South Africa by manager Rudi Hulshof.

"This is an incredibly rare sighting, and is by my knowledge the first time that it has been recorded, let alone photographed and documented that a Southern African python catches prey as big as the blue wildebeest, albeit a wildebeest calf," Hulshof told Mail Online.

 

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