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Taming cobras and drinking their blood, marines learn to survive in the jungle

While the rest of world was celebrating Valentine’s Day on February 14, military personnel from the US and 29 other countries were in Thailand attending the 36th jungle survival exercise ‘Cobra Gold’.

The first 10-day military training operation in 1982 saw only participants from Thailand and the US taking part, but the event has now evolved into the biggest multilateral military exercise in the Asia-Pacific.

It aims to promote international cooperation and regional stability through events like a senior leader seminar, civic assistance projects in Thai communities and a variety of field training exercises.

About 100 US Marines learned jungle survival techniques such as how to avoid poisonous snakes like the King Cobra and survival techniques such as consuming scorpions or drinking snake’s blood when water is in short supply.