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A rare 12-foot long female king cobra, which was under treatment at the government zoological park here, died in Thiruvananthapuram. The reptile had been under treatment for ulcer in the mouth, but the immediate cause of death was congestion in the lungs, a zoo official said. Belonging to the highly endangered ‘ophiophagus hanna’ species, the snake, named Irena, was brought here a year back after it was spotted and caught from a cottage near the Moozhiyar Power Project in Idukki district.  Read more at http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Cities/Thirupuram/Rare_female_king_cobra_dies_in_zoo/articleshow/3926956.cms

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