AGRA || A Python getting stuck on a barbed-wire fence, a Royal Snake sneaking into a house and not one but three Common kraits ending up in a well! Well, these are some of the interesting rescues that kept the Wildlife SOS team in Agra busy over the weekend.
It turned out to be quite an action-packed weekend for the Wildlife SOS Rapid Response Unit operating out of Agra, with multiple snake sightings being reported on their 24-hour rescue helpline (+91-9917109666).
It started on Saturday, with the NGO being alerted to an incident where three common kraits were found trapped inside an open well in Mathura. Equipped with necessary rescue gear, a two-member rescue team rushed to the site. One of the rescuers climbed down the well to safely extract all three kraits. They were later released back into the wild.
Kartick Satyanarayan, Co-founder and CEO of Wildlife SOS, said, “A similar incident took place just last week where we rescued two kraits from a 10 foot deep well in Panwari. We are happy to see people taking correct measures by calling our team in such situations. We request the public to keep supporting our cause and immediately report any such situations to our team.”
Soon after the team received a distress call from a family residing in a colony in Dayal Bagh, Agra. The sight of an unusual looking snake making its way into their house was enough to have them fearing for their lives. A two-member rescue team rushed to the location and with one look at the reptilian visitor confirmed, that it was, in fact, a 5-foot-long Black-headed Royal snake. They carefully transferred the snake into a safe transport carrier, much to the family’s relief.
On Sunday night, officers at the 15th battalion PAC Circuit House came across an Indian Rock python precariously perched on top of a barbed-wire fence. As the Wildlife SOS team has responded to matters of such sensitive nature before, their rescuers rushed to the location, fearing that further delay may lead to the python getting grievously injured. Fortunately, they were able to intervene quickly and safe the python from a perilous situation.
Baiju Raj M.V, Director Conservation Projects, Wildlife SOS, said, “Wildlife SOS reaches out to injured or distressed wildlife on a 24-hour basis and helps people coexist with these beautiful animals. Rescues range from that of extremely venomous snakes like the cobra and common krait to relatively harmless and non-venomous ones like the sand boa, wolf snake and rat snake.”
The NGO works closely with residential complexes, gated communities, educational institutions 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 and encourage peaceful coexistence.