A 13.5 foot long Indian Rock Python, weighing nearly 24 kilograms was rescued from a CNG testing station in Runakta, on the Agra – Mathura Highway. The massive constrictor was severely injured and is currently undergoing treatment. It will be released back in to its natural habitat, once deemed fit.
The Wildlife SOS rapid response unit received an emergency call on their 24hr helpline number (9917109666) about an enormous python that was spotted in the premises of a CNG testing station, near Dolphin Water Park in Runakta, Agra – Mathura Highway. The massive constrictor had reportedly taken up shelter in the bushes and fearing for the safety of the staff, the manager immediately contacted Wildlife SOS for their assistance.
A team comprising of three trained snake rescuers arrived at the site and upon careful observation, discovered that it had sustained several injuries on its body. The distressed python was under immense pain and it took almost 30 minutes for them to successfully carry out the rescue operation.
Varun Kumar, the Manager at the testing station, said, “The staff heard a rustling noise coming from the bushes and decided to take a closer look. They were shocked and terrified by the unexpected sight of the gigantic reptile and immediately reported the incident to us.”
Dr. M.V Sharma, Veterinary Officer, Wildlife SOS, said, “The python has several cuts all over its body and has sustained some serious tissue damage under the lower jaw. We believe that the injuries were caused by the sharp barbed wires along the boundary walls. We had given it the necessary treatment for its wounds and have sutured the deep gash on its neck.”
Kartick Satyanarayan, co-founder Wildlife SOS said, “The python was injured but still very active and therefore, our team had to be extremely careful so as to avoid alarming or hurting it. Sensitive rescues such as this one require patience and skill and we have professionally trained rescuers who are experienced in handling such critical rescues. It is currently undergoing treatment and we will return it back to its natural habitat, once our veterinarians deem it fit for release.”
The Indian Rock Python (Python molurus) is a large nonvenomous python species found in India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. This species is protected under Schedule I of the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972 and is listed under Appendix I of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna (CITES), which regulates the international trade of wildlife species.
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About Wildlife SOS: A Non-Profit Organization, Wildlife SOS is one of the largest rescue & conservation charities in South Asia. They operate ten wildlife rehabilitation facilities across India, including the world’s largest Sloth Bear Rescue Centre and two Elephant Care Centres, with 23 rescued elephants under their care. Wildlife SOS runs tribal rehabilitation projects that aim to create alternative livelihoods for poachers and other indigenous communities that used to exploit wildlife for livelihoods. Additionally, they run a leopard rescue centre, a Wildlife Hotline in New Delhi and ‘Forest Watch’ which is an anti-poaching wildlife crime enforcement unit.
(Reported By Jitender Bhati)