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Cop: "What's that hissing sound?"
Driver: "I don't hear anything."

Man arrested for transporting 53 king cobras in his car

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This may have seemed like a great idea at the time. A Vietnamese man filled his car with 53 venomous king cobras and was attempting to transport them when he was stopped by police in Hanoi.

Officer Dang Van Hanh said Monday the live snakes were taken to a wildlife rescue centre near the capital where they treated before being released into the wild.

King cobras are the world’s longest venomous snake, and grow up to 5.5 metres long.

The meat of the king cobras is considered a delicacy by some in Vietnam, where hunting and trading the snakes is banned. The snakes are also sometimes preserved in traditional medicines.

The cobras, which were kept in green sacks, were seized and the man was arrested. Which may be the luckiest thing that has ever happened to him, because if even one of his deadly passengers had wriggled free …

Hanh said the car driver told officers he was paid to transport them. Local media reported he was paid under $50, which works out to less than a buck per snake.

With files from The Associated Press

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