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NC man bitten by cobra charged with owning illegal animals

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CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — Police have charged an Orange County man who was bitten by a king cobra earlier this month with owning illegal animals, according to WRAL.

On May 2, Ali Iyoob, 21, called 911 after he was bitten by the king cobra he owned. Iyoob survived, but county authorities charged him with violating animal ownership ordinances.

The charges include ownership of venomous and constricting snakes, crocodilians, and wild and dangerous animals. Orange County Animal Services removed more than 30 snakes from Iyoob’s home.

Orange County statute prohibits residents from “keeping, sheltering, feeding, harboring or taking care of any wild and dangerous animal.”

In total, 18 venomous snakes, 16 nonvenomous snakes, one caiman, two turtles, five chickens, eight chicks, four quail, four fish, one cat and one dog were removed from Iyoob’s home.