Python rescued from IAF plane at Agra airbase
The snake was trapped inside the undercarriage bay of the right wing of the aircraft.india Updated: Jul 05, 2017 20:38 IST
An Air Force transport plane at the Agra airbase on Wednesday had an unusual and unwelcome guest - an eight-foot-long Indian Rock Python.
The snake was trapped inside the undercarriage bay of the right wing of the AN-32 aircraft, number K2706. IAF officials dialled the wildlife SOS for rescuing the snake.
A teamcomprising two expert snake-rescuers from the NGO arrived at the scene but it took them nearly five hours to bring out the distressed python.
They said it was a challenge for them to ensure the large constrictor remainedcalm andunhurt.
“We had to get thepythonout of that narrow space keeping itssafety in mind. We patiently waited for the snake to loosen its grip sothat we couldcarefullytransfer it to a transport carrier- (special-designed transport boxes),” an SOS official said.
Officials said the python has been kept under observation andwill be released to the natural habitat once deemed fit.
BaijuRaj M V, director of conservation (Projects) for Wildlife SOS, said, “Rescues like these require skills and patience. We thanktheIndian Air Force for considering the well being of python and reporting the incident to us.”
The Indian Rock Python(Pythonmolurus) is a large non- venomous species foundin India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.
The species isprotected under Schedule I of the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972 and is listed under Appendix I of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna (CITES), which regulates the international trade of wildlife species.
First Published: Jul 05, 2017 20:09 IST