DELHI: The cobra sightings are mounting. Delhi wildlife officers were called in the early hours of yesterday to remove a snake from the athletes’ village, taking to three the number of cobras captured in the Commonwealth Games precinct this week.

Police spotted the snake at an entrance used by athletes and officials to access their lodgings. Kartick Satyanarayan, who runs the Wildlife SOS group in Delhi, said no athletes were in danger while the cobra was removed.

”We have had quite a lot of calls in the last few days, including a few birds and a monkey found inside Commonwealth Games venues, and now we have this cobra,” Satyanarayan said. ”We have removed quite a lot of snakes near Games venues in the last few days.”

Cobras have been removed from the room of a South African athlete and the tennis complex this week. Delhi organisers have in recent days arranged Games accreditation for snake wranglers from the Wildlife SOS group.

”We are expecting a lot of calls over the next few weeks,” Satyanarayan said.

Alex Brown