A very large king cobra was caught at a restaurant in southern Nakhon Si Thammarat over Monday’s Mother’s Day holiday, but as scary as that might sound, the restaurant’s owner considers it a blessing.
Kanchana Saeton, who owns the Thung Song district somtam restaurant in question, posted photos to Facebook of a snake catcher holding the five-meter-long serpent with his bare hands, after snaring it from its hiding spot.
Kanchana said that the customers and their children came running to her after they spotted the king cobra outside the restaurant’s toilets. (Ed: As one does.)
Like many Thais who believe snakes are spiritual animals, Kanchana wrote in the comments section that the cobra was possibly a guardian of the land where her restaurant is located.
“The guardian here is very sacred,” she captioned the photos.
“In 10 years since I’ve opened this restaurant, I just saw him for the first time today. I’ve only dreamed about him.”
Meanwhile, another local captured the moment when the snake catcher grabbed hold of the cobra with a hook.
Kanchana has not responded to Coconuts questions about who the skillful snake catcher is. All we know is the cobra was alive and well while he held it with his bare hands.
And no, the locals did not kill the serpent. Who would kill a guardian? Instead, they decided to release it near Yai Si Wang Cave. Other commenters told Kanchana that she should head to a local temple to make merit for the animal.