Watch As Animal Rahat Rescues a Cobra From a Watery Grave

Published by Zachary Toliver.

What can a snake possibly do after falling into a deep well? Would a passing human put their speciesism aside and help this struggling living being in peril?

PETA’s friends at Animal Rahat—a PETA-supported animal relief organization in India—rushed to the aid of an Indian cobra who had fallen into a 15-foot well filled with water. We don’t know how long the most likely exhausted reptile was down there, but the well would have become a watery grave if not for the group’s help.

Rescuers used a long pole with a hook on one end to reach the cobra. Eventually, the snake curled around the pole and was removed from the well. Rescuers released the animal, who was shaken but otherwise uninjured, in a safe area.

Sure, we humans may look different from cobras, but when it comes to fear and the will to protect our lives from pain, we’re all the same.

Cobras are intelligent and quick learners, which helps them avoid dangerous situations. Some even “play possum” until potential threats have passed. Mother cobras care for their eggs by building a nest and then covering the eggs with leaves or other debris. She stays on top of them to incubate them until they hatch.

Like all animals, cobras are just trying to get by and live free from harm. Cheers to our friends at Animal Rahat for helping this snake do just that!

Animal Rahat offers a safe haven and a new lease on life for animals, who deserve happiness, autonomy, and respect after so much suffering.

The group helps tens of thousands of animals in need every year. Its 10-acre sanctuary provides rescued and retired ones with a lifetime of care. Some of the sanctuary’s residents were retired from backbreaking work in the sugar trade, some came from cruel circuses, and many were rescued after enduring illness, injury, or abandonment.

In addition to providing formerly abused animals with a home and high-quality veterinary care, the group’s animal protection initiatives include spaying and neutering dogs and cats, rescuing displaced wild animals, and rehabilitating them with the help of state forest departments.

You Can Help Animal Rahat’s Work by Sponsoring an Animal

Whether you’re helping to supply vaccinations for a “community dog,” secure medical care for an injured bullock, or provide relief through one of many other sponsorship opportunities, your generosity will have an immediate impact on animals in need.

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 Ingrid E. Newkirk

“Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights?” READ MORE

— Ingrid E. Newkirk, PETA President and co-author of Animalkind