Agra, Sep 7 (IANS) A six feet long Indian Rock python was rescued by the Wildlife SOS Rapid Response Unit from the Head Office of the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) in Uttar Pradesh’s Agra on Friday.
The reptile was found to be in good health and has been safely released back into its natural habitat.
The NGO’s team, comprising of two expert snake rescuers rushed to the location and managed to successfully carry out the rescue operation.
Vasant Kumar Swarnkar, Superintending Archaeologist, ASI, Agra, said, “The incident was reported to us by the night guard. I called the Wildlife SOS and their team carried out the rescue very efficiently.”
Baiju Raj M.V, Director Conservation Projects, Wildlife SOS, said, “Dealing with snakes can be quite challenging but our team is trained to handle and carry out such sensitive operations. We kept the python in observation for a few hours and later released it back in to the wild.”
Kartick Satyanarayan, Co-founder and CEO of Wildlife SOS, said, “Indian Rock pythons though commonly found across India, face extreme threat due to prevalent misunderstanding and ignorance among public. They are often confused with the venomous Russell’s viper and these reptiles often get killed when they venture into human surroundings.”