Tuesday, March 23, 2010

House Evacuated for Eight Weeks after Pet Cobra Vanishes

Kevin O. wanted a new pet. But the highly poisonous cobra he bought apparently didn't want him. It escaped in his apartment, leading to a week-long, 40,000-euro search for the reptile. Now, with the snake still at large, the house has been sealed off for eight weeks.

Snakes, as every schoolboy knows, can go for quite some time between meals. Even monocled cobras -- extremely poisonous, but hardly the hardiest of reptiles -- can survive up to six weeks without a bite. Which helps explain why a house in the western German city of Mülheim (not far from our home city Bochum) is being sealed off and evacuated for two months.

To read more: http://www.spiegel.de/international/zeitgeist/0,1518,685045,00.html

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