Railway officials have discovered snakes on a train in Vietnam - highly venomous king cobras in bags under a seat.
Railroad official Pham Quynh said passengers were terrified when four cloth bags containing the writhing cobras were spotted.
The snakes were alive but had their mouths stitched shut.
The exact number of snakes was unclear but the bags weighed 100 pounds.
Security staff removed the cobras, which were thought to be destined for restaurants in Hanoi.
Their owner apparently escaped in the chaos.
Snake meat is considered a delicacy in Vietnam, but cobras are protected by law.
The cobras were given to forest rangers who released them into the wild on Saturday after no one claimed them.