Brave man risks his life to give water to thirsty king cobra (photos, video)

Brave man risks his life to give water to thirsty king cobra (photos, video)

- A video shows a man giving water to a thirsty king cobra in India

- The deadly snake was desperate for water and did not strike at the man

- Its bite is venomous enough to kill an elephant

Footage has surfaced online showing the incredible moment a man gives water to a thirsty king cobra in Goa, India.

Members of a local animal rescue group noticed the apparently dehydrated snake, one of the deadliest in the world, desperately slithering near a pond.

The group's leader, Amrut Singh, marshaled the cobra from a tree and fed it water from a cup. As it drank, it was dangerously within striking distance of his hand.

Brave man risks his life to give water to thirsty king cobra (photos, video)

The rescuers first tried feeding the cobra water from a bottle but it appeared uncertain

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One bite from the snake is venomous enough to kill an elephant. Fortunately, the 3.6-meter cobra appeared really thirsty and did not strike at Singh.

Another rescuer is also seen funneling water into the snake's mouth using a leaf.

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Brave man risks his life to give water to thirsty king cobra (photos, video)

Singh then offered it water from a cup and it drank

Speaking to local reporters, Singh said: "I decided to try and offer the cobra water from a steel glass and much to my surprise the reptile started drinking from it."

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He added that he has handled cobras for 15 years and has developed a bond with them. He was therefore not afraid as long as he did not put it in any kind of difficulty, he said.

Brave man risks his life to give water to thirsty king cobra (photos, video)

Another rescuer also used a leaf to funnel water to the snake's mouth

Watch the video below.

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