Escaped cobra captured near Los Angeles

An escaped cobra that attacked a dog in a suburban Los Angeles neighborhood was captured Thursday, authorities said.

The 5-foot-long albino monocled cobra was found about 3 p.m. PT in Thousand Oaks, not far from where the dog's owner said it bit his 7-year-old dog in the neck Monday night. The snake was spotted by a mother driving to pick up her daughter from school, KNBC-TV reported.

The dog, variously described in media reports as a whippet or a greyhound, was not given antivenom, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County Animal Care and Control told the Los Angeles Times. That raised the possibility the snake had been defanged or had its venom glands removed, because the injuries were "inconsistent with a classic venomous snake bite."

A veterinarian told KNBC the dog's injuries resulted from trying to escape the snake's strike.

A bite from a monocled cobra, which is native to Southeast Asia, can kill a human in a about an hour.

The cobra owner has not been identified.

KCAL-TV noted that a company that rents exotic animals for film and TV shoots is located 10 miles away, but authorities did not elaborate.


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