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BEHIND THE SCENES of Episode 208 Thailand, Kao Yi National Park: King Cobra

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Believe it or not, that wasn't my first elephant ride. I've done it before but let me tell you--it's not easy. It's hard to sit on an elephant and I felt every movement. The elephant was pretty well behaved but I still was bouncing around on something 15 feet above the ground with only a cane in my hand! It's a bit as though the elephant was wearing me ---I was like a hat to it!
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That gecko can hold onto things really well. But it doesn't have any eyelids! Instead the gecko has clear lenses that cover its eyes which are always open.
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You saw that Macaque yawning but that's not because it was sleepy. Male macaques can be very aggressive. That yawn was a warning to me to back away. These macaques have gotten very used to people. They'll rip food from people's hands and bite them.
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The barking deer is a real rarity, and even though I knew we'd find one, it's still an odd animal, looking almost prehistoric. It's inner tusks can give a nasty bite so I kept my distance form it.
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The ruins may have looked fun to walk through but they weren't since it was incredibly hot. I was there in June and it was 102 degrees and more humid that anything I've ever felt.
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My encounter with the king cobra was one of the more dangerous I've had. At one point I was looking at the camera and the cobra leapt forward. What would have happened if the cobra had struck home? Well, the nearest hospital was far away and the venom is strong enough to kill 250 people. Let's just say--it was a good thing I backed up!
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