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Cobra rescued

March 22, 2016 12:00 am | Updated 05:34 am IST - NEW DELHI:

Wildlife SOS rescued a four-foot Indian cobra spotted in a park near a residential area in south Delhi’s Kalkaji recently.

The snake, which was unhurt, will be released into its natural habitat shortly. A resident had spotted the cobra on a tree trunk and immediately alerted the police, which in turn called up Wildlife SOS rapid response unit’s 24-hour helpline. By the time the rescue team arrived, a small crowd had gathered at spot. Indian cobra ( Naja naja ) is one of the four venomous snake species found in the subcontinent. Revered in Indian mythology and culture, it is protected under the Wildlife Protection Act 1972.

Kartick Satyanarayan, co-founder of Wildlife SOS, said: “When dealing with venomous snakes, the rescue operation is naturally trickier. The snake needs to be removed very carefully, without alarming it or cornering it to maintain public and animal safety. Sometimes, these rescue operations can be dangerous, but someone has to do it.”

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