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Cypriot bitten by pet cobra in Greece receives medication from Cyprus

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Cyprus has sent anti-venom medication to Greece to treat the Cypriot man who was bitten by an Indian cobra that he kept as a pet along with other reptiles in his Athens apartment, Greek media reported on Saturday.

The 30-year-old man, who was initially reported to be 25, was bitten by one of his cobras while attempting to feed the reptiles that were in a special cage.

He was intubated in critical condition at the general anti-cancer hospital Ayios Savvas.

The medication was sent to Athens on a private flight as Greece does not have an anti-venom bank, reports said.

On Saturday his doctors expressed cautious optimism about the man’s condition, according to Greek media.

The 30-year-old appears to have a soft spot for snakes and he recently wrote on social media that he currently “works with many cobras” of that type.

Indian cobras, or spectacled cobras are highly venomous snakes. Severe bites can lead to respiratory failure, cardiac arrest or paralysis.

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