Experts distrust abandoned cobra

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June 3, 2010 4:54:54 AM PDT
Experts are taking no chances with an Asian cobra, not even one found in a box with the message, "I am no longer venomous."

The Austria Press Agency says a woman found the sealed cardboard box in a park on Tuesday. "I picked it up, shook it - and something moved inside," the unidentified woman was quoted as saying.

The poison of the monocle cobra can kill within an hour, so experts at the snake's new home in a Vienna terrarium and aquarium are treating it as lethal, pending further examination.


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