This is the moment a snake catcher trying to trap a cobra and put it in a plastic jar is repeatedly bitten by the deadly serpent.
The incident occurred in the city of Mumbai in the state of Maharashtra in India and was recorded by an onlooker.
In the video, Raju Solanki, 20, can be seen with a small cobra wrapped around his hand. The snake has reared its head and can be seen extending its famous hood when Solanki is passed a plastic jar.
The cobra then appears to repeatedly bite Solanki’s forearm as he works to unscrew the jar’s lid.
The catcher seems unaffected by the bites as he works to uncoil the cobra from around his hand and drop it into the jar.
However, he drops the lid onto the ground and he can then be seen working to trap the cobra and put it back into the jar, which he eventually does before closing the lid.
Local media report Solanki was taken to the KEM Hospital two and half hours after the incident and the institute’s dean, Dr Hemant Deshmukh, said doctors gave him anti-venom for the bites.
Deshmukh said Solanki underwent “other emergency procedures” but doctors could not stop him from succumbing to the bites.
Sunish Subramanian, a local wildlife warden, said that Solanki had not used the correct techniques for handling the cobra and he urged forest officials to train those working to rescue snakes.
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