King cobra attacks alarm Davao folk

Is this El Niño’s wrath—with fangs?

Following multiple sightings of venomous snakes, one of which nearly attacked a child last week, villagers here killed two king cobras on Sunday and have begun to blame the drought for the serpents’ unusual behavior.

At least 10 cobras, locally known as banakon, have been spotted since the start of the month in Badas, a village that has acquired an unenviable reputation as “agianan sa banakon (pathway of the king cobras).”

Just before dawn on Sunday, resident Ariel Romano saw two banakon preying on his chickens, a horrifying sight that prompted him to call out to neighbors for help.

“I was really terrified to see my chickens running wildly so I grabbed my bolo and called for help,” said the 47-year-old farmer.

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About Candace M Hansen

Wildlife advocate, conservationist and environmentalist.
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