Wildlife SOS’s 24 hour animal rescue helpline responded to a distressed call from the Yamuna Bank Metro station office, Delhi about a Cobra spotted in the premises. Wildlife SOS received a call at 11 pm about a 4 feet long Cobra that had strayed in Yamuna Bank Metro station. The Wildlife SOS team led by Harshad Solanki, Rescue coordinator along with other team members rushed to the spot.
Kartick Satyanarayan, Co-founder – Wildlife SOS said We have to initially ensure that all potential hiding places are scrutinized and escape routes blocked off so we don’t loose the cobra. Then we need to carefully remove the snake without cornering it or alarming it too much so as to prevent any accidents. The entire operation has to be carried out very carefully keeping public safety, the safety of the snake and the safety of the Wildlife SOS rescuer in mind.
Sometimes these rescue operations can be dangerous and risky, but someone has to do it in the interest of public safety and nature protection” he added.
Geeta Seshamani, co-founder Wildlife SOS said, The common cobra or ‘Naja Naja’ is one of two species of venomous snakes found in the Delhi region. Cobras seldom bite but will give out a warning with a display of their hood. The snake uses its venom primarily to hunt prey like rats, mice and frogs. People get accidentally bitten only when they step on the snake or attempt to catch or handle these snakes
The employees of Yamuna Bank Metro station were relieved that the snake was caught and thanked the Wildlife SOS team for their timely response in reaching the location and removing the snake. The snake was found healthy and fit for release and has been released back in its natural habitat.
The Wildlife SOS helpline functions as a hotline for reptiles and wildlife in distress and functions in the Delhi NCR area 24 hours.