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Orange County man bitten by king cobra out of hospital

Posted May 24

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— An Orange County man who was bitten by a king cobra earlier this month is out of the hospital, and he celebrated his recovery on Facebook.

Ali Iyoob, 21, called 911 on May 2 to tell dispatchers he had been bitten by a snake he owned.

“I just got bit by a king cobra, and I’m on my way to the hospital,” Iyoob told the dispatcher.

Iyoob said that he was suffering blurry vision and was "sweating like crazy" following the bite. He began driving himself to UNC Hospitals but eventually pulled over along N.C. Highway 54 and waited for emergency personnel to arrive.

While he was being treated, animal service workers removed Iyoob's collection of more than 30 snakes from his home.

They found 18 venomous snakes, 16 nonvenomous snakes, one caiman (a crocodile relative), two turtles, five chickens, eight chicks, four quail, four fish, one cat and one dog inside his 5201 NC Highway 54 home.

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  • Jacob Smith May 25, 2016
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    "They found 18 venomous snakes, 16 nonvenomous snakes, one caiman (a crocodile relative), two turtles, five chickens, eight chicks, four quail, four fish, one cat and one dog"

    No partridge?

  • Betsy Smith May 24, 2016
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    I hope his health and home owners insurance quadruples. SMDH.

  • Jaimie McBride May 24, 2016
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    Chad Johnson you would be surprised how long it could adapt to survive. Even if it only survived a day (which snakes usually eat once a week so it could have if the weather wasn't under a certain temperature)that is a day too long that put people around in danger. Snakes tend to adapt better in different climates than other animals. It is scary that he had that many venomous snakes. I know for the most part it's against the law unless he had a special permit.....and yes....unfortunately with the right permits you can pretty much get any animal you want if you go through the process of getting one.....they are hard to get but still possible to get. This is one of the cases of why people should not get any type of exotic animal.Unless you have the knowledge and experience to have a functioning sanctuary (not a back yard zoo) to help rescue exotic animals you should not be allowed to get a permit to do so.Even then there is always risk of escape, death,and injury if you make one mistake.

  • Chad Johnson May 24, 2016
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    You really think I king cobra could live in the wild in this state? LOL!!!

  • Anita Gibson May 24, 2016
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    I hope he faces charges for having that snake. Snake lover or not he took unnecessary risks. One of those escaping and innocent victims pay the price. I have no idea why anyone would even contribute to go fund me for his risk taking. The photos on his FB page were very disturbing. And that many animals inside? Hope he doesn't rent, the landlord will have a huge mess on his hands.

  • Perry Masonjar May 24, 2016
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    They found 18 venomous snakes, 16 nonvenomous snakes, one caiman (a crocodile relative), two turtles, five chickens, eight chicks, four quail, four fish, one cat and one dog inside his 5201 NC Highway 54 home, and a partridge in a pear tree.

    Seriously this is total disregard for the rest of society. If a pair of a species gets loose then they can become indigenous to NC. I have no doubt a cobra could live in the NC climate. There should be an ENFORCED ban on the importation of venomous snakes.