Delhi

Four snakes rescued over the weekend

All are under observation, will be released back into the wild once deemed fit

It was a busy weekend for the Wildlife SOS Rapid Response unit. On September 15, the NGO received a call about a python inside a house in Faridabad Sector -49. The snake was found coiled up on the exhaust fan in the bathroom, leaving the family in a state of panic.

The family contacted the Wildlife SOS on its 24-hour helpline (+91-9871963535) seeking help.

Two rescuers went to the house. One of them climbed up a ledge to carefully extricate the python from the exhaust fan. The snake was almost five-feet-long and was visibly stressed from the ordeal.

On the heels of this rescue, the team received another call about a juvenile rat snake that had taken shelter inside a house in Greater Kailash-1.

Residents said that the snake had wandered in from the courtyard and had gradually made its way to the storage room.

Four-foot cobra

The team on Sunday rushed to the aid of a 4-foot-long cobra that had fallen into a five-foot-deep uncovered water tank inside a farmhouse in Dera Mandi. Rescuers carefully extricated the cobra and transferred it into a safe transport container.

In another latest incident, the team rescued a wolf snake from the roof of a house in DLF Farms, Chhattarpur.

All the four snakes are currently under observation and will be released to their natural habitat once they are deemed fit by the organisation’s veterinarians.

Kartick Satyanarayan, Wildlife SOS, said: “We are thankful to the public for considering the well-being of these reptiles and contacting the Wildlife SOS. Snakes are ecologically required for rodent control. They never attack or bite unless they are cornered, stepped on or threatened. We request people to keep supporting our cause and immediately report any such situations on our helpline number.”

Coexistence

Wasim Akram, manager of Wildlife SOS Special Projects, said, “The NGO reaches out to the injured or distressed round the clock. It helps people coexist with these beautiful animals. Rescues range from that of extremely venomous snakes like the cobra and common krait, to relatively harmless and non-venomous ones like the sand boa, wolf snake and rat snake.”

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