Defensive, hissing domestic cat slaps down attacking cobra (video)

Domestic cat defends herself from attacking cobra which gets a face full of claws
Domestic cat defends herself from attacking cobra which gets a face full of claws. Screenshot.
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I have no idea where the video was made. It looks like Asia. It seems a little bit strange to me that this domestic cat was allowed to be in a box in a place where a snake might approach. I don’t know. Perhaps I’m being too critical and silly but it just looks strange. But the cat copes extremely well. What is so impressive is the speed of foreleg slapping the snake. Snakes are quick movers but the cat outmanoeuvred the cobra slapping it several times. It seems the state got scratched and decided to retreat, wisely. Domestic cats are pretty good with snakes and some species of cat are excellent. They are not particularly fearful of them because they stand up and fight. A throwback to the wildcat ancestor. The diminutive sand cat kills them very efficiently and feeds on them. They are just faster than snakes and there is no real competition.

The video is a reminder of two aspects of the domestic cat which are driven home to me when I watch my cat. They are quite slow to come to you on your request or to do anything on your request. However, when it comes to speed of hand and speed of foot, they are lightning quick. And when it comes to picking up a distant sound, they are equally quick and alert. It’s the feline way.

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