Rescues From The Helpline – March, 2021

May 10, 2021 | By Mahima Sharma

Every month, we receive hundreds of calls regarding urban wildlife in distress. Wildlife SOS operates 24×7 emergency rescue helplines in three cities:

Delhi NCR – +91-9871963535

Agra & Mathura in Uttar Pradesh – +91-9917109666

Vadodara, Gujarat – +91-9825011117

If you come across any wild animal in distress, please alert our rescue team on these numbers as soon as possible!

The month of March witnessed the unkindly return of the COVID19 second wave in the country, as cases steadily mounted. Our rescue team was present actively, rescuing snakes seeking shelters in gardens and residential colonies due to the gradual onset of summers.

A black Kite was rescued from Delhi Metro train tracks.
A black Kite was rescued from Delhi Metro train tracks. [Photo (c) Wildlife SOS]

A Black Kite escaped a narrow brush with death after collapsing on the metro tracks at the Mayur Vihar Phase-1 Metro station and was rescued by the Wildlife SOS Rapid Response Unit. According to the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) officials, the bird had collapsed right onto the Pink Line metro tracks and was immobile. Knowing that it was in danger of being run over, the authorities immediately contacted Wildlife SOS for help. Metro services on the Pink Line (Mayur Vihar Phase-1 to Majlis Park) were temporarily halted, while the rescuer team went down to the tracks to carry out the rescue operation. The bird was under treatment and was rendered rehydration fluids, before being released making full recovery.

In two separate incidents, civet cats were rescued from houses after they sought shelter
In two separate incidents, civet cats were rescued from houses after they sought shelter. [Photo (c) Wildlife SOS]

A juvenile Asian Palm Civet was rescued by our team in Delhi after it was found resting on top of the air conditioning compressor unit of a house in NRPC (Northern Regional Power Committee) Colony located in the Qutab Institutional Area. The family was shocked to discover that they were sharing their home with a civet cat! As it turned out, the civet cat had taken up temporary residence on top of their air conditioning compressor unit. They immediately contacted us and a two-member team rushed to the aid. The team carefully extricated the civet cat and it was later released back into the wild.

Heartbreaking news came from our team in Agra when they found a gravely injured striped hyena
Heartbreaking news came from our team in Agra when they found a gravely injured striped hyena. [Photo (c) Wildlife SOS/Shresatha Pachori]

A female Hyena was left fighting for her life after being hit by a speeding train just a few metres away from Fatehabad Railway station. Shocked by the sight of the animal lying unconscious near the railway tracks, a concerned passer-by alerted the forest department, who in turn reached out to Wildlife SOS for immediate medical intervention. A two-member team from the NGO arrived at the location, equipped with an ambulance, rescue equipment, and a specially designed transport cage.

X-ray was conducted to assess the degree of damage rendered by the collision.
X-ray was conducted to assess the degree of damage rendered by the collision. [Photo (c) Wildlife SOS/Shresatha Pachori]

The rescuers carefully moved the hyena to the ambulance and rushed to the Wildlife SOS transit facility for urgent medical treatment. The impact of the collision left the animal with severe spinal cord injury and multiple wounds on the body. Estimated to be a little over 5-years-old, the hyena is presently recuperating under our care and receiving intensive treatment.

A Golden Jackal was also rescued from Agra after it was found in an injured condition.
A Golden Jackal was also rescued from Agra after it was found in an injured condition. [Photo (c) Wildlife SOS/Shresatha Pachori]

The Wildlife SOS rapid response unit based out of Agra responded to a distress call about a jackal that was found in a critical state in Mall road, Tajganj. Shocked by the sight of the injured animal lying on the side of the road, a concerned passer-by immediately alerted Wildlife SOS and a two-member team rushed to the location. The Wildlife SOS rescuers were careful not to cause the traumatised jackal any further stress while being transferred to the Wildlife SOS transit facility for urgent medical treatment. The jackal has been recovering well under our care and will be released after the veterinarians deem the animal completely fit.

The banded racer snake is a non-venomous snake species.
The banded racer snake is a non-venomous snake species. [Photo (C) Wildlife SOS]

Our team operating out of Vadodara, Gujarat, rescued a banded racer snake from a residential colony after a concerned resident found the snake. Without wasting another second, they reached out to our team and informed them about the presence of the snake. The team reached on the location and carefully extracted the snake, before releasing it back to the wild after a medical examination.

A cobra was rescued from a construction site in Vadodara.
A cobra was rescued from a construction site in Vadodara. [Photo (c) Wildlife SOS]

The team received a distress call from a construction site, opposite a school, in Vadodara about a snake. Upon reaching the location, to everyone’s shock, the snake was identified to be a nearly 5-foot long Cobra! The snake was carefully extracted from the site, handled by our expert snake rescuers. The cobra was released to a well-forested area, away from human habitation, a few hours after the rescue.

A total of 299 lives were saved in the month of March by the Wildlife SOS team!

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Hotline Number | हॉटलाइन नंबर

Delhi NCT Region +91-9871963535
Agra Region (UP) +91-9917109666
Vadodra Region +91-9825011117
J&K Region +91 7006692300
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