Agra: A five-foot-long Cobra snake was rescued by the Wildlife SOS Rapid Response Unit from a 20-foot-deep open borewell in Nagla Bhoopla Village located in Keetham, Agra. The snake was later safely released back into its natural habitat.
A distressed call on the Wildlife SOS 24-hour rescue helpline alerted their team to a nearly five-foot-long cobra that was caught in a rather unfortunate situation. The snake was trapped in a narrow gap on the sidewall of a 20-foot-deep open borewell in Nagla Bhoopla village located near Keetham, Agra and was discovered by a local farm owner.
A two-member team from the NGO rushed to the location with necessary rescue gear in hand. In the meantime, the cobra had created quite the stir in the neighbourhood and a crowd had gathered around the borewell. The Wildlife SOS team had to first ensure that the public was at a safe distance before carrying out the rescue operation. They carefully extricated the distressed reptile and placed it in a safe transport container, designed for the purpose.
Kartick Satyanarayan, Co-founder and CEO of Wildlife SOS, said “Wildlife SOS often receive calls about wild animals found trapped inside open wells and borewells. Such cases have been increasing in recent years and the main reason behind this appears to be the lack of proper covers and fencing around these open spaces.”
Baiju Raj MV, Director Conservation Projects, Wildlife SOS, said “It is extremely important to take certain precautions while dealing with snakes, especially those that are venomous. Sometimes these rescues can be dangerous and risky, but our team is trained to handle and carry out such sensitive operations, in the interest of public safety and protection of urban wildlife.”
The Wildlife SOS team also rescued a three-foot-long monitor lizard that got stuck in the drainage pipe of a house in Manhar Garden Colony in Sikandra and a wolf snake from New Adarsh Nagar located in Balkeshwar, Agra.