Published on January 26, 2022 6:17 p.m
Woman unknowingly sleeps next to deadly cobra hiding under her bed for three days
(Reuters) – A woman unknowingly slept next to a deadly cobra for three days after it slipped under her bed in Thailand.
Rungruedee Tuekwhamthong, 55, lay awake in Chanthanaburi province on January 23, playing with her phone as she went to the toilet.
She returned and found her mosquito net in a mess. However, as she tucked the net under the mattress, she heard a loud hiss and spotted the venomous snake hiding at the foot of the bed, next to the wall.
Frightened, Rungruedee called local snake catchers to help retrieve the cobra.
The rescue team arrived and found the snake in a corner of the room, trapped between the wall and the bed frame. Officers used a hook and caught the animal in 15 minutes, but the lively reptile slipped out of its container and attempted to escape. Finally, after a few more minutes, it was sealed in a plastic cooler.
Rungruedee said: I first noticed this snake three days ago. It tried to bite me three times but luckily I avoided it.
I tried to find it afterwards but couldn’t, so I figured it snuck out of the house. But it had actually stayed under my bed the entire time.
Rungruedee added that the snake could be a good sign and that she would use her house number and the date of the incident as lucky numbers for her lottery ticket.
The cobra was released back into the wild several miles from the woman’s home.