Reptilian visitor causes stir amidst Delhi's political hub!
A 3.5 foot long cobra was rescued by the Wildlife SOS Rapid Response Unit from the Secretariat; one of Delhi's most powerful & secured areas. The snake was found to be in good health and has been released back into its natural habitat.Tweet
-- A distressed call on the Wildlife SOS 24 hour rescue helpline (9871963535) alerted the organisation's Rapid Response Unit to the presence of a cobra at the Delhi Secretariat, which houses the offices of the Delhi Chief Minister and high profile ministries in New Delhi.
The security officials chanced upon the venomous reptile while patrolling the premises and immediately contacted Wildlife SOS for assistance. The wildlife conservation NGO promptly dispatched two trained snake rescuers to the high security zone.
The team successfully carried out the rescue operation and the reptilian visitor was carefully transferred into a safe transport container. The Indian cobra (naja naja) is one of the four venomous snake species to be found in the Indian subcontinent. They are revered in Indian mythology and culture and are protected under the Indian Wildlife Protection Act 1972.
Jitendra Singh, Head Constable said, "We spotted the cobra near the Secretariat entrance, close to the Duty Officer Room. We have the Wildlife SOS helpline number on the police emergency contact list, so I immediately reported the incident to Wildlife SOS."
Kartick Satyanarayan, Co-founder of Wildlife SOS said, "Sensitive rescues such as this one require patience and skill and we have professionally trained rescuers who are experienced in handling these snake rescues. Sometimes these rescue operations can be dangerous and risky, but someone has to do it in the interest of public safety. If you come across any wildlife that is injured or in distress, please do alert us on our 24-hr helpline number."
Wildlife SOS runs the only 24-hour Wildlife and Reptile Rescue Cell in the National Capital Region (NCR) areas of India, which includes urban metropolitan hubs like Delhi, Noida and Gurgaon. The organisation can be contacted on their 24-hr emergency helpline number (9871963535).
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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.