Watch: Karnataka man's stunt with cobras goes horribly wrong
- Maaz Sayed was filmed handling three cobras in a "horrific" manner
- The snake lunges at the stuntman and bites his knee
- Susanta Nanda, an Indian Forest Service officer, shared the video on social media
A man from Karnataka's stunt with three snakes ended in disaster when one of the serpents attacked him. Maaz Sayed, a snake enthusiast from Sirsi, was filmed handling three cobras in a "horrific" manner, according to many experts. He was seen crouching in front of the snakes, pulling at their tails, and moving his hands around, all of which the cobras may have interpreted as threatening and reacted aggressively.
Unfortunately for Mr Sayed, whose YouTube channel is filled with similar videos, this is exactly what occurred. His most recent stunt ended on a terrifying note when one of the snakes struck him unexpectedly. The snake lunges at the stuntman and bites his knee in a video that has gone viral on the internet. Even as the shocked man tried to pull it away, the reptile refused to let go.
Susanta Nanda, an Indian Forest Service officer, shared the video on Twitter and chastised the snake handler. "This is a heinous method of dealing with cobras... The snake perceives the movements as threats and follows them. At times, the reaction can be lethal "He penned.
According to Priyanka Kadam, President and Founder of Snakebite Healing and Education Society, Mr Sayed was hospitalised after the cobra bit him.
Cobra is the common name for a variety of elapid snakes, all of which are venomous. In Mr Sayed's case, after his stunt went wrong, he allegedly received 46 vials of anti-venom.
Ms Kadam posted photos of the snake handler, who is 20 years old, in the hospital. "He is recovering in a private hospital in Sirsi, Karnataka," she said in an update yesterday. Ms Kadam had previously called for Maaz Sayed to be arrested for "putting up content that is clearly an abuse of wildlife," but she later suggested that an expert try to guide the youth.
"An expert could possibly try to guide him. He wasn't arrogant. Spoke respectfully. He is still unwell. Will connect with him once he fully recovers," she wrote.
Atul Pai, a snake and animal rescuer from Mangalore, warned against similar stunts as well. Mr Pai wrote on Facebook, "A young snake enthusiast Maaz Sayed from Sirsi, Karnataka was bitten by a spectacled cobra while he was showing off keeping three cobras and playing around with them."This is a very popular stunt that many people follow, and they don't realise how serious it is! Unnecessary handling and playing around can result in serious consequences."