In the accompanying picture, it does seem that the bird peering into the deer's ear has much to crow about. Maybe this clever bird conveys the gossip of the Sukhna lake forest's wild denizens. The sambar's relaxed posture seems to convey to the House crow that "you do indeed have my ear"! Wildlife photographer, Sarabjit Lehal, captured this memorable moment of a symbiotic relationship after hours of patient vigil. Lehal described the moments thus: "I was sitting at a waterhole.
In hiss pants
When the world sleeps, snakes do keep their tryst with destiny's dark holes! That is, to wriggle into the oddest and most private of places. Snake rescue expert, Rahul Naik, reports a perfect example of the ground reality in India's slumbering villages. The incident took place in Sinnar taluka, Nashik (Maharashtra). After a day's toil, farmer, Yogesh Gunjal, came home for dinner and went to sleep outside due to cooler temperatures. At midnight, Gunjal felt something in his pants and realised there was a snake. Keeping his presence of mind, Gunjal tightly grabbed the head of the snake moving in his pants and started hollering for his relatives. A knee-jerk reaction would have been an attempt to take his pants off in a tearing hurry and give the equally terrified snake the chance to bite real hard. It took a few minutes for Gunjal's relatives to grasp the situation and they called the neighbours for help. After going into a huddle, the group decided to slice Gunjals' pants with a blade even as Gunjal hung onto his pants and the snake's head for dear life. After the pants were sliced through, Gunjal threw the snake away. The snake raised its hood and the gathering realised it was a Spectacled Cobra. The enormity of the situation hit them now. The cobra was killed and taken to hospital along with Gunjal so that doctors could confirm the snake species. Gunjal was kept under observation for 24 hours. Wonder of wonders that Gunjal had not been bitten as doctors found ejected venom smeared harmlessly on Gunjal's thighs.
LUV U SILLY, O LOST LILY
It is only love that can impel a man to search so deep and so dangerous for little, lost lilies. In 1886, J.F. Duthie and J.R. Reid had collected plants in the river Kali's valley, which lies deep in the Uttarakhand mountains and enroute to Kailash-Mansarovar. On the basis of those specimens, a new lily species, Dipcadi reidii, was established.