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Snakes on a Train

Snakes on a train! Deadly cobras found beneath train seat in Vietnam

The cobras, protected by law in Vietnam, were most likely destined for the dinner table.

RAILWAY OFFICIALS have discovered snakes on a train in Vietnam – highly venomous king cobras in bags under a seat.

Railroad official Pham Quynh says passengers were terrified when four cloth bags containing the writhing cobras were spotted. The snakes were alive but had their mouths stitched shut.

Quynh says the exact number of snakes was unclear but the bags weighed 45 kilograms.

Security staff removed the cobras, which were likely destined for restaurants in Hanoi. Their owner apparently escaped in the chaos.

Snake meat is considered a delicacy in Vietnam, but cobras are protected by law.

Quynh says the cobras were given to forest rangers who later released them into the wild after no one claimed them.

- AP