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One tough old lady

Mark GMark G Member Posts: 1,501 ✭✭✭
edited June 2019 in General Discussion
If I found a cobra on my back porch I doubt I would go after it like this lady did. In Philadelphia of all places!

https://www.usatoday.com/story/life/allthemoms/2019/06/25/pennsylvania-grandma-killed-cobra-shovel/1557688001/

First she snapped photos.

Then the 73-year-old Pennsylvania grandma smashed the snake dead with a shovel. Animal control says she slayed a 4.5 foot Asian cobra.

Kathy Kehoe said she knew instantly it was a cobra when she first spotted it on her patio. Birds were screeching outside at about 2 p.m. Monday when she stepped outside see why. "Oh, it's a snake," Kehoe told ABC 6.

"When I opened the screen door to see what kind of snake it was, the birds flew away and I saw the spot on its back, and I kind of nudged its tail and it came up and spread its hood and I said 'that's a cobra,'" she said.


"He went this way. I stalked him and when he got over to here, I tapped his tail. He went up and that's when I did the deed and held him there," she said.

The grandma said she wasn't about to let the cobra get away because of children in the neighborhood of Falls Township, Bucks County, 25 miles from Philadelphia.


"I was like 'this animal can't be here, it's a poisonous reptile,'" she said.

In March, officials removed 20 venomous snakes from a neighboring apartment, including 12 cobras.

Police told ABC 6 that it's unclear if the cobra in Kehoe's yard is connected to the March apartment raid.

While the tough grandma's actions were undoubtedly brave, a wildlife veterinarian advises against taking matters into your own hands, literally, when confronting venomous snakes.

Leave all venomous snakes alone and contact the authorities, Dr. Susan Tyson-Pello of the Mount Laurel Animal Hospital told ABC 6.

Cobra bites can be fatal is untreated.

Comments

  • babunbabun Member Posts: 11,497
    edited November -1
    ""the 73-year-old.."""

    There's the whole story in a nutshell.
    There is a commercial running on TV nowadays about how the "men" nowadays have less
    testosterone than their fathers, And their fathers had less than their grandfathers, {as a picture of the marines standing up an American Flag on Iwo Jima plays}

    The women of our grandma"s era were not afraid of a snake.........
  • spasmcreekspasmcreek Member Posts: 38,925
    edited November -1
    little boys are taught by their govt school teachers to run and hide and call the govt on their cell phone from their safe place.....
  • Sam06Sam06 Member Posts: 19,073 ✭✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    spasmcreek wrote:
    little boys are taught by their govt school teachers to run and hide and call the govt on their cell phone from their safe place.....


    LOL

    Too true!
    RLTW

  • ChrisStreettChrisStreett Member Posts: 3,766 ✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    Agree Sam, through indoctrination in the schools, and from so called parents who are products of the same socialist "indoctrination mills", we have several generations of most boys (I won't call them men), who are sissified to the point of being scared of their own shadows. God help us all if there is ever a need for a general call up requiring most to serve in defense of our country as in days gone by.
    Good for grandma! She sure took care of business.
    "...dying ain't much of a living boy"-Josey Wales
  • Locust ForkLocust Fork Member, Moderator Posts: 29,935 ******
    edited November -1
    I'm glad she is ok. I don't think going after a cobra with a shovel is the smartest move. I'd shoot one, but I'm not getting within any distance of it that it could get to me.

    Those things are REALLY expensive. Two brothers that went to school with my kids are into reptiles and have some pretty exotic things. I don't know what the regulations are on having one of these, but they sell for thousands. Personally, I don't think dangerous snakes should be allowed at all to be owned......pythons have ruined large parts of Florida. Can you guys imagine if Cobras were to start breeding and taking over areas????
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  • mag00mag00 Member Posts: 4,668
    edited November -1
    If it weren't for snakes we'd all be living in the "Garden of Eden" right?

    She was all worried about the kids, lol, that is just playtime for the kids overseas. Many learn to play music because of them.

    Typical liberal, smash it because you don't understand. :(
  • DPHMINDPHMIN Member Posts: 701 ✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    <<Leave all venomous snakes alone and contact the authorities, Dr. Susan Tyson-Pello of the Mount Laurel Animal Hospital told ABC 6.>>

    Why depend on the authorities when she had the opportunity to deal with the situation? By the time the "authorities" respond, the snake could have been gone. I say she did the right thing!
  • buschmasterbuschmaster Member Posts: 14,250 ✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    babun wrote:
    ""the 73-year-old.."""

    There's the whole story in a nutshell.
    There is a commercial running on TV nowadays about how the "men" nowadays have less
    testosterone than their fathers, And their fathers had less than their grandfathers, {as a picture of the marines standing up an American Flag on Iwo Jima plays}

    The women of our grandma"s era were not afraid of a snake.........
    that's what I noticed when walking my rotts. younger people were more likely to go "aaahhh! a vicious rottweiler! get it away!" old folks never did that. just another dog to them.
  • yoshmysteryoshmyster Member Posts: 19,211 ✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    babun wrote:
    ""the 73-year-old.."""

    There's the whole story in a nutshell.
    There is a commercial running on TV nowadays about how the "men" nowadays have less
    testosterone than their fathers, And their fathers had less than their grandfathers, {as a picture of the marines standing up an American Flag on Iwo Jima plays}

    The women of our grandma"s era were not afraid of a snake.........

    No this is the story in a nut shell. "I was like 'this animal can't be here, it's a poisonous reptile,'".

    As for the testosterone bit. I forget which page but in the book "Hagakure" there's a mention where a physician of the day basically mentioned where "medicine" working for both men and women. That was a book from 1700-ish ago. And dude seen it happening. Yes I know people are people and they're relatively the same so meds should work on them.
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