Shocked School Bus Driver Finds King Cobra Under Bonnet

This is the hair-raising moment rescue workers stop a school bus and find a 12ft long king cobra – hiding under the BONNET.

Khun Witthaya, 37, had been driving the silver mini van carrier with 12 international students inside earlier this week when he pulled over in a park.

Eagle-eyed onlookers spotted the serpent slither across the road and up into the engine through the front chassis.

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They told the driver who quickly ran off the bus while he waited for animal rescue volunteers to arrive in Bangkok, Thailand.

Video filmed by a student shows the driver carefully prize open the bonnet before dashing back to safety at the side of the road.

Three experienced snake handlers then grab the dark-black serpent while using a rope halter to clamp shut its deadly jaws.

Laughing students, studying abroad in Thailand at an international school, can be heard saying ”oh, very big”.

But trembling driver Wittaya said he has never been so scared.

He said: ”I have to admit I was a very afraid when someone told me there was a snake under the bonnet.

”I was shocked. It’s the first time I’ve come face to face with a snake like that.

”I was the first one out of the van and the rest of the students followed me. They found it quite funny though.”

The clip shows the snake handlers stretching out the cobra and laying it onto the ground.

Thailand’s Department of Conservation said they later released the snake back into the wild.

”It’s important to respect and understood that snakes are part of the wildlife and to make sure they get back to their correct home,” a spokesman added.

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