Forest officials said this is the 15th Indian Rock Python to be rescued in Gurugram this year. Besides, pythons were found and rescued from several other areas
The Hush Post: It was a big scare for her when a 35-year-old woman Suman Gautam spotted a 5-foot-long python in her kitchen on early Wednesday morning when she went there to make tea. Her house is in the Sheetla Colony in Gurugram.
Suman saw a 5-foot-long, male, Indian Rock Python coiled up in the kitchen. She had picked up the lighter to ignite the LPG stove when she saw something moving under the stove. Suman alerted her husband and the entire neighbourhood about the reptile, a report said.
“I received a call around 8.40 am from my wife and her voice was trembling with fear; she was sobbing. She said there was a big snake in the kitchen. I immediately called the wildlife helpline number and told them to reach my house. It was the first time that she had seen the reptile in life,” Suman’s husband Satish Kumar Gautam, an automobile executive from Bhiwani, was quoted in the report.
The wildlife rescue team took an hour to reach the spot. It took a little longer to rescue the python that had become the centre of attention of the entire neighbourhood.
“I was in Faridabad when I received the call. When I reached the house, I first had asked all the residents who had gathered there to stay calm and not to disturb the reptile, which was hiding in a utensil rack,” a local wildlife enthusiast Anil Gandas was quoted in the report. The reptile had become restless and was trying to escape.
The forest department officials said this is the 15th Indian Rock Python to be rescued in Gurugram till now this year. Besides, pythons have been sighted and rescued from Sohna Dhani, Ghata, Gadoli Khurd and Baliyawas villages.
“This is the first time a python was found inside a house in the city,” Gandas was further quoted.
Vinod Kumar, a forest department officer said that there has been a sea change in the attitude of Gurugram residents towards wild animals that stray into human settlements and need rescuing, the report said.
“People become more aware and consider calling the wildlife rescue team instead of trying to deal with the matter themselves, or worse, resorting to killing the animals,” Kumar quoted as saying and further adding that the rain coaxes the snakes out of the earth with vermin like rats and mice that live near human settlements, and our food.
Vino Kumar further said that the Gurugram wildlife department has received to 698 calls since January 1, this year.
Similarly, another five-foot-long spectacled cobra was rescued from Gadoli Khurd village, about 6 km from Gurugram. The snake was spotted near the government senior secondary school wall in the afternoon.
Both the reptiles were later released in the forest near Manesar in the evening on Wednesday.