Harrods department store hires security snake

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The notorious London department store went to great lengths to protect a luxury shoe collection – with the help of a live Egyptian cobra.

The slippery security guard was on duty for Monday s launch of exclusive footwear including a $120,000 pair of ruby, sapphire and diamond-encrusted Rene Caovilla sandals.

Whether hiring a poisonous snake is, strictly speaking, the most effective means of guarding haute couture shoes might be a moot point with security experts.

But it makes for an effective photo opportunity.

A spokeswoman for Harrods admitted that the cobra had been hired strictly for Monday s launch.

The snake has now been returned to its owner, she said.

So no need to fear snake bites at the shoe counter, then.

Not unless you re a burglar.

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