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Technician finds snake in ventilator

A technician called to fix an air conditioner came across an unexpected hurdle – a sleeping cobra. The staff at a government-run small hospital in Bhubaneswar, India, called a technician to fix the foul smell that was coming from an air conditioner on April 3rd. When the technician tried to open the machine he saw a cobra sleeping inside. The cobra had possibly got in through a hole drilled to install the air conditioner, to escape the summer heat. The man shouted in fear and the cobra, now awake, raised its hood to put on a majestic display of its prowess. The terrified staff called a local rescue organisation, Snake Helpline, which rushed its volunteers to the spot. Subhendu Malik, who led the team, climbed a table and gently extricated the cobra, which was later released in its natural habitat. Subhendu said: “Though I had rescued several snakes in the past from air conditioners, I came across a cobra in them for the first time.”

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