A chilling video recently went viral after it showed a 6-foot king cobra following a child to the door of its house.
In the video, which was taken on July 14th, 2021, a small child is playing outside his home in Soc Trang, Vietnam. His grandpa was watching over him, and his dad sat nearby the house.
Suddenly, the grandpa gets a worried look on his face and yells to get the attention of the boy’s dad. As soon as the dad realizes what’s happening, he jumps up and rushes over to grab his son.
Together, the three of them run to the door of the house and as soon as they make it, a large king cobra slithers into the picture.
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They quickly work to get the doors shut, and it’s a good thing that they did. Not long after they shut the doors, the deadly snake tried to follow them and fought to get his way into the house.
Thankfully, it didn’t have much success working to get through the closed door, so he eventually gave up and slithered away. You can see the king cobra working his way out of the camera shot, slithering through the young boy’s toys on the way out.
As the boy’s mom explained to ViralHog, the grandpa had recently had a stroke and couldn’t react quickly to grab the child. Instead, when he saw the snake slithering nearby, he shouted out to get the attention of the boy’s dad to rescue the small boy. Thankfully, it all worked out and everyone is fine.
According to Smithsonian’s National Zoo & Conservation Biology Institue, king cobra snakes have 1/2 inch fangs that deliver deadly venom (which can kill a full-grown human in a matter of minutes).
While they have a reputation for being aggressive, the cobra “only attacks people when it is cornered, in self-defense or to protect its eggs.” They also noted that the king cobra is responsible for less than 5 deaths per year, which is around one-fifth the number of deaths caused by rattlesnakes in North America.
In the video, the cobra doesn’t appear to take on an aggressive stance while following the child, dad, and grandpa to the door.
The Smithsonian explained that, when in a threat display, these snakes can “raise the anterior part of their body about three to four feet (1 to 1.2 meters) off the ground and are able to follow their enemy in this position over considerable distances.”
Either way, it’s alarming to see such a snake making its way for a small child and following him to the door. Watch the scene unfold in the video below:Whizzco