A five-foot-long cobra that was trapped in the front wheel of a motorcycle in Ghaziabad was rescued by an NGO. The reptile is currently under observation and it will later be released into its natural habitat.
Residents of Exotica East Square society in Indirapuram were in shock on sighting the cobra crawling up the front wheel of a motorcycle. However, the members of the housing society immediately contacted an NGO, Wildlife SOS, on their 24-hour rescue helpline number — 9871963535.
Following the information, a team of trained snake rescuers from the NGO rushed to the site.
The snake was trapped between the frame and the wheel of the motorcycle. It took them 30 minutes to rescue the snake, after which they transferred it into a safe transport container.
SP Jain, a resident, said, “Over the past two days, we have received several reports of a snake wandering the premises. I came across the Wildlife SOS helpline number online and contacted the organisation for help.”
A member of the rescue team said, “It was a difficult operation as we wanted to avoid hurting the cobra during the extraction. We also scanned the entire neighbourhood on the request of the residents, who feared that there could be more snakes in the area.”
Wildlife SOS works with the residents of colonies, gated communities and corporate parks in conducting surveys of snakes and monitor lizards.
Kartick Satyanarayan, the co-founder of Wildlife SOS, said, “The cobra is about 5 foot long. We request people not to handle any wild animal or reptile as it can prove to be dangerous, especially in cases involving large reptiles.”