Delhi

Rat snake rescued from public toilet

An exceptionally large rat snake was rescued by the Wildlife SOS rapid response team after being found in a public toilet in Talkatora Stadium.

The snake was deemed fit for release and was freed into its natural habitat soon after.

Giving details of the operation Wildlife SOS rescue-coordinator, Harshad Solanki said: “At around 7 p.m. on Tuesday, a staff member working the late shift at the Sulabh Toilet Complex at Talkatora Stadium, Willington Crescent, made a frantic call to the local Police Control Room. He told the officer on call that a terrifyingly large, yellowish snake had been spotted in the ladies bathroom.

“The police diverted the call to the Wildlife SOS hotline (9871963535) and the rapid response team was dispatched immediately.”

Wildlife SOS rescuers maintained that from the details provided on the call they determined that the snake was probably a rat snake and this was confirmed when they reached the location.

“The yellow snake was exceptionally large, more than five feet in length,” said Harshad. Kartick Satyanarayan, co-founder of Wildlife SOS explained that the rat snake does not pose a threat to humans and is protected under the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972.

“Although a non-venomous snake, the rat snake is quick and easily excitable and may bite if threatened, so our trained team ensured that the reptile was carefully removed without cornering or alarming it too much to avoid any accidents,” he added.



The five-foot long

non-venomous snake was freed into its natural habitat after it was rescued by Wildlife SOS



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