Cobra trapped in a motorcycle, rescued by Wildlife SOS

A five foot long cobra was rescued by the Wildlife SOS rapid response unit after it was found trapped in the front wheel of a motorcycle in Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh. The snake is currently under observation and will soon be released back into its natural habitat.

Wildlife SOS rescuer with the cobraWildlife SOS rescuer with the cobra

Cobra rescued from a residential society in GhaziabadCobra rescued from a residential society in Ghaziabad

5 foot long cobra trapped in motorcycle rescued by Wildlife SOS5 foot long cobra trapped in motorcycle rescued by Wildlife SOS

Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh, March 30, 2017 /India PRwire/ -- The sight of a cobra crawling up the front wheel of a motorcycle left residents of Exotica East Square, Indirapuram in a state of shock. Petrified and worried about the safety of the occupants, the housing society authorities immediately contacted Wildlife SOS on their 24 hour rescue helpline (9871963535).

A team of trained snake rescuers from the NGO rushed to the site. They had to be extremely careful while extricating the snake as it was trapped between the frame and the wheel of the mototrcycle. It took almost thirty minutes for the team to carry out the rescue operation, after which the distraught snake was carefully transfer into a safe transport container.

S.P. Jain, the caller said, "Over the past two days, we have received several reports of a snake wandering around the premises. Thankfully, I came across the Wildlife SOS helpline number online and contacted the organisation for help."

A member of the rescue team stated, "It was a difficult operation as we wanted to avoid hurting the cobra during the extraction. We also scanned the entire neighbourhood on the request of the residents who fear that there are more snakes in the area."

Wildlife SOS works closely with residential complexes, gated communities and corporate parks in conducting surveys whenever a snake or monitor lizard sighting is reported. A team of well-equipped experts is sent for the survey which includes thorough search operation of the premises, perimeter study, SWOT Analysis & interaction with the community to raise awareness on urban wildlife in Delhi NCT.

Kartick Satyanarayan, Co-founder of Wildlife SOS said, "The cobra is about 5 foot long. We request people not to handle any wild animal or reptile themselves as it can prove to be dangerous, especially in cases involving larger reptiles. Our team conducts snake rescues and surveys across the city to help and encourage the public to tackle such incidents in a more sensitised manner."

The snake is currently under observation and will be released, once deemed fit.

Notes to Editor

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 24 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.

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