As part of a religious ceremony in India, a snake charmer was attempting to wrap a deadly cobra snake around the neck of a tourist Sunday when things went horribly wrong.
The 35-year-old tourist identified as Baburam Jakhar was standing next to the snake charmer among a group of people in the Lohawat area of the Jodhpur district when the orange-clad entertainer lifted the poisonous snake over Jakhar’s head, as reported by The New Indian Express and India Today.
Warning: The video below may be disturbing to some viewers:
The cobra bit Jakhar in the right temple area, though Jakhar seemed unaware that the snake had bitten him.
As you can see in the video, Jakhar sensed something was wrong, felt his right temple area with his fingers and turned to the snake charmer to ask him to check to see if he was bitten.
According to the Daily Mail, the snake charmer ignored the man until he began losing consciousness.
The Indian news outlets said the snake charmer took Jakhar to a medicine man in a nearby temple for “conjuration” but then rushed him to a hospital when his condition worsened.
Jakhar was declared dead upon arriving at the hospital, this about an hour after the incident occurred. Police said the snake charmer fled the scene and a manhunt was underway to capture him.
He faces charges under IPC section 304, which is culpable homicide not amounting to murder.
India has five native species of cobra snakes. It was unknown which of the species this was, but all are deadly.
In some cases to ensure safety, snake charmers remove the fangs or stitch the cobra’s mouth shut to prevent it from biting. Obviously, and sadly, that wasn’t the case in this instance.