Agra, April 7
Agra Wildlife SOS rescued an surprising vacationer from the Taj Mahal premises. A five-foot-long Indian Rock Python was rescued by the Wildlife SOS Rapid Response Unit after it was sighted at the Taj Mahal ticket counter. The snake was saved beneath commentary for a couple of hours and later launched in its pure habitat.
The tourism police officers stationed at the West Gate of the historic monument discovered a 5-foot-long Indian Rock Python on Tuesday morning at the ticket counter. Taking fast motion, they instantly reported the incident to Wildlife SOS on their 24-hour helpline quantity (+91-9917109666).
A two-member crew equipped with mandatory rescue gear instantly reached the location to hold out the rescue operation. After guaranteeing that the police employees had been at a secure distance, the rescuers fastidiously transferred the python to a secure transport service.
Vidhyabhushan Singh, Tourism Police Constable, who referred to as Wildlife SOS, stated, “The python was spotted near the ticket counter window by local tourists. Since the Wildlife SOS team had carried out such rescues from the premises in the past as well we immediately alerted them.” Kartick Satyanarayan, Co-founder and CEO of Wildlife SOS, stated, “We are thankful to the tourism police at the Taj Mahal for their support and for alerting Wildlife SOS to this emergency. Operations involving snakes are highly sensitive. We have trained rescuers who are efficient and employ precautions so as to avoid causing further stress to the animal.”
Baiju Raj M.V, Director Conservation Projects for Wildlife SOS, stated, “Over the years, we have rescued several reptiles and birds from the Taj Mahal premises as it is close to the Taj Nature Walk green belt.” The Indian Rock Python (Python molurus) is a non-venomous snake that largely inhabits mangrove forests, scrubs jungles, rainforests and grasslands. They primarily feed on rodents, fruit bats, birds, civets, deer and wild boar and are generally present in India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.
This species is protected beneath Schedule I of the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972 and listed beneath Appendix I of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna (CITES), which regulates the worldwide commerce of wildlife species.