Snake charmer unleashes cobras in India office
A disgruntled snake charmer reportedly unleashed snakes, including cobras, in an office in India.
December 1st, 2011
11:18 AM ET

Snake charmer unleashes cobras in India office

Getting through the work day can be hard enough without having a bunch of cobras unleashed in your office.

Bureaucrats in a rural village in Northern India had a tough start to the week when an angry snake charmer walked into their tax office and dumped several dozen snakes, including four cobras, on the floor because he was upset about a land deal that had not gone through, according to numerous reports.

The Telegraph: Watch the hissing snakes

The workers jumped on their desks and some shook table cloths at the snakes who rose up with the strike position. It was "total chaos," said Ramsukh Sharma who was at the office in Harraiya, in Uttar Pradesh.

"Snakes started climbing up the tables and chairs. Hundreds of people gathered outside the room, some of them with sticks in their hands, shouting that the snakes should be killed," he said, according to the Australian newspaper.

No one was hurt and the snakes were eventually recaptured by experts.

The snake charmer claimed that he had apparently applied for a plot of land for the snakes but that officials wanted bribes to approve it. The office reportedly said that they had no record of the filing.

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soundoff (178 Responses)
  1. The Loaded Diaper by Christina George

    Holy God!!!

    December 1, 2011 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
  2. David in Corpus

    Good for him, hold those corrupt govt. officials accountable. I have lived overseas and you can't get anything done without a bribe.

    December 1, 2011 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Imagine That

      Who said anything about overseas? The US is king almighty when it comes to bribery. It's call PAC's, Lobbyists on down the line.

      December 1, 2011 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Holy God

    The Loaded Diaper by Christina George

    December 1, 2011 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
  4. But...

    Is it even possible to get a cobra to stay on a leash?

    December 1, 2011 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Snark Charmer

      It IS the leash.

      December 1, 2011 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
  5. chilly g

    he should have not taken the snakes in the offices and they should not have offer a bride.

    December 1, 2011 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Quint

    The Snakes were participating in the Occupy India movement, upset that those fatcats are taking their land.

    (Did someone make this lame joke already?)

    December 1, 2011 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sarav Chidambaram


      December 1, 2011 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Rick

    @David/corpus – I fail how to see cobras loosed in an office is holding ANYONE accountable...

    December 1, 2011 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Poipounder

    Will Someone get these F**ing Snakes off this F**ing plane

    December 1, 2011 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • HxC19D


      December 1, 2011 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
  9. majric

    A friend looked down the hallway of his house and saw what he thought was a piece of dropped laundry in the shaddow. When he got to it ti turned out to be a rattlesnake. He grabbed a .45 and emptied the magazine at it. Bye bye snake and bye bye nice hardwood flooring.

    December 1, 2011 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Snark Charmer

      My friend's wife found one in the bathroom and called him at work to say she was looking for his snake pistol. He left work hurriedly, but before he could get home she'd found his .357 instead and shot the toilet and bathtub with it. The snake was ok and left hurriedly.

      December 1, 2011 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
  10. boredatwork


    December 1, 2011 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
  11. HxC19D

    I can honestly say I would have been crying like a little biznitch. Those things spit.

    December 1, 2011 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Chandra

    Yep-I'm pretty sure I would be jumping out of my skin and refusing to ever go back in that office again.

    December 1, 2011 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Sarav Chidambaram

    I am afraid these politicians and officials are so corrupt that these Cobras will die if they bite any of them..

    December 1, 2011 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Leaf on the Wind

      LMAO! 🙂

      December 1, 2011 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Sarav Chidambaram

    Also wondering whether the officials started performing Snake charming dance to calm the irritated Cobras? It will make a good plot for a Bollywood movie, Bollywood producers, directors, actors listening to this? Hope you are..

    December 1, 2011 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
  15. LOL

    @majric well that solves the problem lol

    December 1, 2011 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
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