Monday, April 6, 2009

Cobras as Assassins

We've heard the stories about cobras mating for life and if you kill one of them, it's mate will track your sorry butt down and kill you in revenge. That came to mind when I found this old story;

"One barbarism of Hindostan used a peculiar form of assassination. The murderer would kill one of a pair of cobras, and drag the body of the snake along the ground into the bungalow, over the floor, and into the very bed of the intended victim.

After a few moments, the dead snake, having accomplished the purpose of leaving an odorous trail directly to the sleeping couch of the intended victim, would be thrown away.

The dead cobra's living mate would infallibly follow the trail to the bed, where it would coil itself at rest, waiting to strike the sleeper."

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