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CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — Experts with the North Carolina Museum of Sciences are helping to remove more than 20 snakes from the home of a man who was bitten by his king cobra Monday night.
Ali Iyoob, a former biology major at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, was bitten by his king cobra and then tried to drive himself to the hospital, according to WTVD.
“Hey, I just got bit by um, a king cobra, and I’m on my way to the hospital,” Iyoob told a 911 dispatcher as he was driving to the hospital.
“My vision’s kind of blurry. I’m sweating like crazy. I’m like panicking. I feel nauseous,” he said.
According to WTVD, Iyoob ended up pulling over on the side of Highway 54. Paramedics found him there and rushed him to the hospital, where he remains in critical condition.
Dr. Bryan Stuart with the NC Museum of Sciences said snake enthusiasts like Iyoob keep and breed snakes in their home.
Stuart is working with Orange County Animal Services to remove the cobra and other snakes from Iyoob’s home.
Officials are still trying to determine whether Iyoob broke any state or county laws by housing that venomous snake.