Snake bites man on plane

An Egypt Air flight from Cairo to Kuwait was forced to make an emergency landing earlier this week after a cobra bit a passenger.

According to CNN the 48-year-old passenger, who owns a reptile shop in Kuwait, had hidden the Egyptian cobra in a carry-on bag and was trying to control the snake when it bit his hand and slithered away beneath the seats. 

The plane made an emergency landing in the Egyptian resort town of Al Ghardaqa on the Red Sea where the bit man reportedly refused medical treatment, claiming his wound was only superficial. The plane resumed its flight to Kuwait after local authorities confiscated the snake.

According to wildlife experts, the cobra's venom is so deadly it can kill a full-grown elephant in three hours or a person in about 15 minutes. The venom destroys nerve tissue and causes paralysis and death because of respiratory failure.

 
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