Two puppies fell into a pit with king cobra, a deadly and extremely venomous king cobra was already sitting there, but it didn’t act aggressively towards the two pups at all.

The state Punjab in India has an enormous problem of stray dogs wandering the area. It’s estimated that over thirty million dogs in India don’t have a home, and the Hindustan Times reports that the Punjab government counted a population of no less than 59,806 stray dogs in Punjab.

Both local and international television channels reported the remarkable rescue.

Someone was just walking near the pit when an elderly dog started barking repeatedly. The female dog was looking for her children and seemed noticeably anxious and upset. She figured that her pups had fallen into the deep pit, but there was absolutely no way to get them out.

Surprisingly, the snake didn’t pose a threat to the two pups at all. Although you’d expect an aggressive snake such as the king cobra to attack other animals, rescuers believe that he didn’t feel threatened by the two pups and probably wasn’t hungry. In fact, it was as if the king cobra wanted to protect these two.

The pit itself put the dogs in a more dangerous predicament. One half of the empty well was filled with soil that was extremely wet, and the puppies would risk getting stuck in there with no means of escape. Reportedly, the snake guarded the pups away from the dangerous spot for two days.

When rescuers finally arrived, the dangerous snake didn’t act aggressively at all. In fact, the rescuers claim that the snake actually moved away to the other side of the well so they could grab the puppies out safely.

After the rescuers made sure that the two pups were out safely, they wanted to release the king cobra as well. They managed to capture it and the snake was then set free in the woods.