7-feet long python rescued in NCR

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7-feet long python rescued in NCR

Wednesday, 09 October 2019 | Staff Reporter | NEW DELHI

A7-feet-long Indian Rock Python was left struggling for its life after getting entangled in a football net atTERI grounds in Gwal Pahari, Gurgaon - Faridabad Road rescued by the wildlife SOS and now is under medical supervision.

According to Wildlife SoS officials, the massive python found itself in a rather perilous situation after ending up in a football net on Monday.  “The python was trapped in the synthetic netting of the goalpost.The large constrictor had tried desperately to untangle itself, but this had caused the mesh to tighten around its neck.”

Vinay Pathak, the caller, said, “We tried to help the snake, but it was stuck so badly there wasn't much we could do. Luckily, we were able to contact Wildlife SOS and they were here with their animal ambulance in record time. It was impressive to see the proficiency with which theyhandled the rescue.”

Kartick Satyanarayan, Co-founder and CEO of Wildlife SOS, said, “The python's survival was paramount, because the situation was too delicate to have anyone tamper with it. The snake was stuck at a very sensitive point and the slightest tugging could have torn its throat. It is testament to Wildlife SOS's awareness programmes, that the numbers of calls to us have increased and people know now that there are alternative ways to handle such situations.”

In another incident, a rat snake created quite the panic in Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) after student stumbled upon the snake inside Godavari Hostel. Having conducted several wildlife rescues from the sprawling campus in the past, the NGO was immediately notified of the incident. Following its successful rescue, the reptile was released back into the wild.

The Indian Rock Python (Python molurus) is a thick-bodied, smooth scaled nocturnal snake that mostly inhabits mangrove forests, scrub jungles, rainforests and grasslands. They primarily feed on rodents, fruit bats, birds, civets, deer and wild boar, and are found in India up to 6560 ft above sea level. They are also found in Pakistan, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.

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