Baby “Playing” with a Cobra

Marlea forwarded this to me but there’s no description as to what on earth is going on. Anybody know?

Thanks to, me, for googling “right of passage & cobra“:

A one-year-old is forced to fight a neutered cobra during a shocking snake-charming rite of passage in India.

The baby tries to protect itslef while being repeatedly hit by the animal, which has also had its mouth stitched up and its fangs removed.

This bizarre spectator sport – reportedly from Kasimkota in Andhra Pradesh – has been condemned by animal rights protesters after footage appeared on the internet.

They’ve warned that a cobra’s fangs grow back quickly, putting the youngsters in mortal danger.


  1. 1. Don’t we try to teach our children to avoid snakes ?
    2. Sorry, animal protesters-I am more concerned with the “ethical treatment” of this baby !

  2. Holy fuckin’ shitbuckets. That’s a tough little tyke, that — didn’t cry or anything.

    This would be a great rite of passage for Christians — in lieu of a baptism. It’d require a fully operational cobra of course; poison fangs and all. If the cobra kills your little bundle of you, it’s God’s will. Lets see if you can put your money where your mouths are…

  3. I’m guessing the video cuts just where the kid starts wailing – up to then the cobra’s strikes probably weren’t enough to outweigh the kid’s fascination with such a cool toy…

    As to trauma, I doubt that the kid’ll be traumatized by this. Too young.

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