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Hunt for 50 baby cobras missing from illegal farm in eastern China

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 11 October, 2016, 11:48am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 11 October, 2016, 12:12pm

Authorities in eastern China are hunting for more than 50 baby cobras that are missing from an unlicensed snake farm, Chinese officials say.

The health authority in Nanjing, Jiangsu province, has prepared a stock of snake antivenom in case any residents are bitten, the local government announced on its official Weibo page on Monday.

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More than 200 venomous cobras escaped from the snake farm in a village in Nanjing in August, of which about 150 had been caught or killed, the announcement said.

One of them was found in a villager’s home on Saturday and beaten to death.

After receiving a report on Monday, authorities decided to conduct “blanket searches” within 5km of the farm on Tuesday morning, according to the announcement.

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In August, the 52-year-old farm manager surnamed Qin imported monocled cobra eggs from Guangdong, and hatched 1,500 cobras. Qin did not have a snake-farming licence, the report said.

Local police are investigating the farm management, and the snakes there will be dealt with according to mainland regulations.