Massive python brings Barapullah flyover construction to a halt, rescued by Wildlife SOS
An eight foot long Indian rock Python was rescued by the Wildlife SOS Rapid Response Unit from the engine of a water tanker at the Barapullah Corridor extension site, New Delhi. The large constrictor was kept under observation for a few hours after which it was released back into its natural habitat.Tweet
-- Construction workers at the Barapullah Corridor extension site were left in a state of shock after discovering a massive python trapped inside the engine of a water tanker. Fearing for their safety as well as the well-being of the constrictor, they immediately reported the incident to the supervising authorities, who in turn contacted Wildlife SOS on their 24-hr helpline number (9871963535).
The organisation's team, comprising of three expert snake rescuers was promptly dispatched to the location. After ensuring that the crowd of curious on-lookers were at a safe distance, they managed to successfully carry out the rescue operation. It took almost 40 minutes for the rescuers to carefully extricate the distressed python.
Prasanna Padhi, the person who placed the call, said, "We didn't want to cause the reptile any harm so we let it remain there till we found someone who could help us out. Thankfully, we came across the Wildlife SOS helpline number online and immediately contacted them. The team was very professional and carried out the operation with ease."
Geeta Seshamani, Co-founder of Wildlife SOS said. "Although non-venomous, a python's bite can be injurious so one has to be careful while carrying out such rescue operations. Sensitive rescues such as this one require patience and skill and we have professionally trained rescuers who are experienced in handling these snake rescues. Delhi still has a few patches of forest that are home to such unique wildlife and it is essential that we remain sensitive to their presence in the national capital region."
The Indian Rock Python (Python molurus), a large nonvenomous python species found in the Indian, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. This species is threatened by habitat loss, poaching and is a sought after species in the illegal pet trade. They are protected under Schedule I of the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972 and 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.
The snake was found to be healthy and was released back into its natural habitat shortly after.
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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 Center and the recently established Elephant Conservation and Care Center that currently houses 22 rescued elephants. 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 center, a Wildlife Hotline in New Delhi and 'Forest Watch' which is an anti-poaching wildlife crime enforcement unit.