Mikhail Bopposov, has created a giant cobra out of frozen cow dung. He did it for the children.
“I made it so the kids could play around and have some fun,” the native of the
Siberian republic of Yakutia said about
his 400-kilogram creation. The snake – coiled, with head upright and
hood widened – is on display in the village of Yolba, about 300 kilometres east
of the republic’s capital, Yakutsk.
Cattle-breeding is widespread among Yolba-ites, who number about 500. The installation was created to mark the
coming of the Year of the Snake, which begins on February 10 according to the
Chinese calendar, Bopposov said.
Though Bopposov works as a building manager at
the village school, his 17 cows provide him with an ample supply of dung, or
“balbalkh” as it is known in his native Yakut language. Come spring, Bopposov's creation will be dismantled and used to fertilize crops.