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Rashmi Rekha Das

As many as 19 snake hatchlings were found in the house of a snake rescuer at Kundei Panchayat under Kakatpur block in Puri district. 

According to sources, snake rescuer Braja Kishore Sahu had rescued a King Cobra from the house of a local resident two months back. He took the snake to home and decided to release in the nearby forest the next day. On the very day when he was about to release the snake in the forest, he saw the mother Cobra delivered 19 eggs at his residence. 

Though he released the snake in forest, he carefully kept the eggs and was eagerly waiting for the birth of the baby snakes. On Monday, all 19 snake babies were born.

Later, Brajakishore informed forest department to release all the baby snakes in the nearby Golargada forest. 

In a separate incident, Snake Helpline rescued a King Cobra from Jajiguda area under Sunabeda municipality on Monday. 

The snake was found in the house of Krishna Dera, a local resident. The snake had swallowed a PVC pipe. 

Snake Helpline member Sujit Mohanty, who rescued the snake said, “When I went to rescue the snake, I observed that the snake was feeling uneasy. I could realise that the snake had swallowed something. I made the snake vomit the pipe following which I released the reptile in forest.”

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