NGO res­cues 10 In­dian rock pythons in two weeks

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - HTNAVIMUMBAI - Pranab Jy­oti Bhuyan pranab.bhuyan@hin­dus­tan­

NAVI MUM­BAI: Care of Na­ture, an Uran-based NGO, res­cued as many as 10 In­dian rock pythons from Pan­vel, Uran and the pe­riph­eral ar­eas in the past two weeks. All the snakes were later re­leased in the dense for­est along the Mum­bai-Goa high­way.

Not only this, the NGO has res­cued nearly 150 snakes and other an­i­mals from poach­ers so far in 2016.

“Snakes are cold-blooded crea­ture and to main­tain the tem­per­a­ture of the body they nor­mally come to the shady places near hous­ing so­ci­eties, fac­to­ries, pub­lic toi­lets among oth­ers dur­ing sum­mer. They also en­ter the godowns search­ing for rats. Our peo­ple reach the spot as soon as they learn about such in­ci­dents,” said Raju Mum­baikar, pres­i­dent of the NGO.

Ac­cord­ing to Mum­baikar, most peo­ple have no idea about how to han­dle rep­tiles the right way. “For in­stance, peo­ple nor­mally take all snakes to be poi­sonous and try to kill them at sight. In­stead of killing them, if any­one calls us af­ter spot­ting a snake, we will send our mem­bers to that place and they will res­cue it,” he said.

In view of wide­spread killing of snakes and birds dur­ing mon­soon, Mum­baikar started the NGO in 2009 which has res­cued around 5,000 snakes, 400 birds and other an­i­mals so far. On Satur­day, they res­cued In­dian rock python from Pan­vel and re­leased it in the for­est.

“We have 325 peo­ple and 20 branches across Navi Mum­bai. Be­cause of the as­so­ci­a­tion of th­ese peo­ple, res­cu­ing snakes and an­i­mals has be­come pos­si­ble,” Mum­baikar said.


Mem­bers of the NGO with the res­cued snakes.

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