Five-foot-long cobra rescued from Gurugram hospital

Anil Gandass, a wildlife enthusiast, who took charge of the rescue operation, said that the snake could have entered the building from the rear side of the building, where there is an open field of the adjoining village.
The hospital staff were reportedly moving cartons of medicine from a room when they came across the cobra
The hospital staff were reportedly moving cartons of medicine from a room when they came across the cobra
Updated on Aug 21, 2018 01:42 PM IST
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Gurugram | ByHT Correspondent

A five-foot-long spectacled cobra was rescued from a private hospital in Hayatpur, 12 kilometres from Gurugram city, on the way to Pataudi, on Monday afternoon. The snake was released into its natural habitat, officials of the wildlife department said.

The snake was spotted in the storeroom of the hospital and safely rescued.

Anil Gandass, a wildlife enthusiast, who took charge of the rescue operation, said that the snake could have entered the building from the rear side of the building, where there is an open field of the adjoining village.

The staff immediately called the wildlife officials around noon.

Gandass said that the staff was moving cartons of medicine from the room when they came across the cobra. “We have had similar encounters in the past as well,” Gandass said.

Gandass, along with his team, arrived at the site when the reptile was cornered.

He said it flared its hood but it was carefully transferred into a sack designed for the purpose.

“It was around seven years old and five-foot-long, weighing over four kilograms. It reached the storeroom of the hospital and hid behind a box of medicines there,” Gandass said.

“On being informed, I rescued it safely with the help of Krishan Kumar, a forest guard,” he said.

One of the staff members of the hospital said that snakes are often spotted in and around the hospital, especially during monsoon.

“People get scared and assume that any reptile that has been spotted will attack them, whereas they don’t. People have the number of the rescuer and nowadays, most people call the officials to inform them about the presence of reptiles,” Vinod Kumar, the additional principal chief conservator of forests, Gurugram, said.

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