NAVI MUMBAI: An eight feet long Indian rock python was rescued from a drainage tank in Rabale MIDC on Thursday night by the forest officials and animal activists after some residents had noticed it and called the authorities for help.
The python was reportedly dehydrated and distressed at the time of rescue, and therefore was given first aid by the animal rights groups, Plant & Animals Welfare Society – Mumbai (PAWS-Mumbai) and Amma Care Foundation (ACF) team.
“We had received a call from a local, Amit Shah, informing us about the python in distress. Our volunteers Siddesh Thavre and Sandip Mhapralkar immediately rushed to the spot and rescued the reptile,” said Sunish Subramanian, honorary Wildlife Warden of Mumbai City and founder of the NGO, PAWS-Mumbai.
Added Nisha Kunju, “The python was then taken to the PAWS-Mumbai ACF honorary wildlife veterinarian, Dr. Manish Pingle, for examination. The Range Forest Officer, Thane, was also informed about the same as well.”
The rescued Indian rock python, weighing 8.5 kg, was examined by the vet who found it to be severely dehydrated. “I have advised rehydrating the python with oral electrolyte fluids till its recovery,” said Dr. Pingle.
Post rehydration, the python will be released in its natural habitat with the guidance of forest officials.
For the uninitiated, the Indian rock python is protected under Schedule I of the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972, and it is a non-venomous snake. It is characterised by a stout body with smooth, glossy scales.