‘Python’ missing from south Delhi park, rescuers search for two days
The snake that had taken refuge in Geetanjali Enclave’s central park is missing for two days and rescuers haven’t been able to locate it.
On Thursday, Hindustan Times reported that residents have stopped venturing out to the park as a python had taken refuge there for the past one month.
According to rescuers from the NGO Wildlife SOS, the snake, which wasn’t a python but a nonvenomous sand boa, has wandered away.
“Our teams went on both Thursday and Friday but no snake was found at the park. It might have wandered somewhere. The photo which the residents showed is that of a sand boa, which is not poisonous. It is not a python and because of the photo it is looking bigger than what it actually is,” a Wildlife SOS official said.
Residents, however, have decided to keep the park’s gate locked. “We have even deputed a guard outside the park to keep people away, especially children. We have spotted the python at least five to six times in the past few days. They (the rescuers) said they couldn’t find anything. However, If an incident takes place, who will be responsible for it,” said Giri Khanna, vice-president of Geetanjali Enclave co-operative society.
But why did this Sand Boa decide to take shelter in this neighbourhood park? Experts say growing habitat destruction and encroachment is rapidly blurring the lines between cities and forests. Consequently, the wildlife living in proximity to such expanding areas have no choice but to forage or seek shelter in urban habitats.