A misguided soul’s attempt at romance ended in tragedy as he took things too far.
The man who was a ‘wildlife conservationist) was in the business of rescuing animals including snakes.
He had been contracted to extract a poisonous cobra which had slithered into one of the private cars near a housing complex.
After a successful extraction he took the snake to check for any injuries but the snake was in a defensive mode.
After he tried to take a selfie with the cobra it aimed straight for his chest and struck. As he bled onlookers rushed to the scene and tried to resuscitate him but it was too late as the venom was too potent and the snake had also struck several times. According to eyewitnesses he took it a notch too far and tried to ki_ss the snake on the mouth.
“We’re sad to lose such a young man who was full of life and was doing a good job with the animals. However I think it’s also important to realize that in spite of the attempt to tame wild animals they still remain wild and dangerous. They always act out of defense, that is how they survive” a park ranger who was present at the funeral said.
A fellow snake rescuer, who didn’t want to be named, said: “Somnath had gone to rescue a snake from a car at central business district Belapur.