The snake was first seen by some crew members aboard the ship on December 10. They then contacted the U.S. Customs and Immigration officials with their predicament. With no one else to turn to, immigration officials contacted The Wildlife Conservation Society’s Bronx Zoo and asked for their help in removing the dreaded cobra from the ship. The Bronx Zoo then got hold of their herpetologist Kevin Torregrosa who agreed to help bring the cobra out of the ship. Kevin, who had never been aboard a cargo ship was initially amazed at the size of the ship.
“We knew it was in a cargo hold on one of these ships, which I’d never been on before. It was a very large ship,” he said.
Torregrosa had brought this snake-hook and a supply of cobra antivenom just in case the distressed animal managed to bite him.
“Upon reaching the ship, the crew members showed him where they had last seen the cobra. After searching for over 30 minutes, and climbing eight stories down the ship’s huge cargo bays, he finally found the cobra. It was sitting on a platform which in a way made it easy for Torregrosa to capture it.”
“Kind of just did a sweep around, and found the snake sitting on a platform a little elevated off the ground,” he said.