A 14-foot-long king cobra, which was welcomed by Delhi zoo last year from Rajasthan, has died of age-related illnesses.
The rare species was the first in the National Zoological Park after 10 years and was the only king cobra there.
“We lost the king cobra a few months ago. The serpant was handed over to us by Wildlife SOS in Kota, Rajasthan in 2015. It was not keeping well since several months,” zoo curator Riyaz Khan said.
“The animal died of age-related illness,” he said.
A zoo staffer, who had taken care of the animal, said the reptile was quite inactive when it was brought to the zoo but had started picking up on its movements later.
The incident comes close on the heels of a spate of deaths of spotted deers at the Delhi zoo earlier this year.