‘Cobra Gold’ is like an annual adult day camp. There are around 13,000 military members from Thailand, United States, Singapore, Indonesia, Japan, South Korea, and Malaysia.
The goal is to prepare soldiers to survive the wilderness. A few of the strange exercises performed by these men are hunting a Cobra and then drinking its
blood, learning to bite the head off of chicken using only your teeth, and eating scorpions.
There is a Thailand-based military exercise in which animals, including cobras, are killed and eaten raw puts servicemen and women at risk of contractin
g zoonotic diseases, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals said Monday.
Cobras are beheaded and Marine starts to drink their blood during survival training at the annual Cobra Gold jungle survival military exercise.
e training also includes “killing chickens with their bare hands, skinning and eating live geckos and consuming live scorpions and tarantulas,” the animal rights group said in a letter to the U.S. Department of Defense Secretary Mark Esper.
Snake oil might be best avoided but snake blood may be just what the doctor ordered. Injecting snake-blood plasma into mice increased the size of their
heart. The discovery could prove key in the treatment of heart damage.
In humans, an enlarged heart is normally a sign that the body is in trouble. Heart attacks, high blood pressure, and defects in heart valves all force the heart to work harder and grow to manage the extra load.
Growth can scar the heart and decrease the efficiency of nutrient absorption in heart cells. The heart of the Burmese python, a subspecies of Indian python, also grows.
After eating an enormous meal, the organ nearly doubles in size to pump recently digested n
utrients around its body. This growth, however, has no negative side effects and is reversible. Similarly, heart growth in humans is not always negative.
A hormone called insulin-like growth factor produced during exercise causes the heart to swell to meet increased bodily demand for oxygen. When growth occurs in this way, there is no scarring.