That bite paralyzed Karait, and Rikki-tikki was just going to eat him up from the tail, after the custom of his family at dinner, when he remembered that a full meal makes a slow mongoose, and if he wanted all his strength and quickness ready, he must keep himself thin.
Rikki-tikki was too well bred to bite or scratch, but as soon as Teddy was asleep he went off for his nightly walk round the house, and in the dark he ran up against Chuchundra, the musk-rat, creeping around by the wall.
Go in quietly, and remember that the big man who killed Karait is the first one to bite. Then come out and tell me, and we will hunt for Rikki-tikki together."
And if he fights--O Rikki!" He looked at the thickness of the neck below the hood, but that was too much for him; and a bite near the tail would only make Nag savage.
But he did not grow too proud, and he kept that garden as a mongoose should keep it, with tooth and jump and spring and bite, till never a cobra dared show its head inside the walls.
Switching to the new antivenom has reduced the proportion of people who have problematic reactions to treatment for poisonous bites
. Up to 75 percent of people getting whole-IgG antivenoms have at least minor allergic reactions, whereas less than 5 percent of bite
victims receiving IgG fragments do, says Jude McNally of the University of Arizona in Tucson.
"Perhaps, in keeping with the idea that smaller bites
are associated with lower flavour sensations from the food and that, there is an unconscious feedback loop using bite
size to regulate the amount of flavour experienced," Dr Wijk said.