Charmer Lets Loose Bag of Snakes

    People climb onto chairs and tables to defend themselves from snakes scattered in an office room in Basti, about 186 miles (300 kilometers) southeast of Lucknow, India, Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2011. Two farmers fed up with alleged bribery demands emptied three bags filled with slithering snakes in a busy tax office in northern India, an official said Wednesday. The 40 or so snakes of different sizes and species,  including at least four deadly cobras, sent clerks and villagers climbing atop tables and scurrying out the door to escape the office. (AP Photo)

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    You never know what kind of tricks a snake charmer has up his sleeve. An angry man in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh dumped a sack full of snakes in a land-revenue office on Tuesday, causing officials and visitors to run from the building and jump on tables. A local journalist told the BBC that the snake charmer has petitioned various government offices over the years for a plot of land where he can “conserve” his snakes. Backed by a band of supporters, the man unleashed dozens of snakes that “were climbing up the tables and chairs,” according to the local journalist. No one was bitten or injured, but the snakes and the charmer are still on the loose.

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