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Odishatv Bureau

Bhubaneswar: An 8-ft-long python which was rescued yesterday in Banki of Cuttack district underwent a rare surgery on its eye today at the College of Veterinary Science of Odisha University of Agriculture & Technology (OUAT).  Sources said the snake was unable to move freely due to a matured scale spread over its eyes. Taking advantage of its illness, some miscreants had reportedly pasted adhesive tapes on its eyes resulting in injuries.

"The reptile was rescued by the Forest officials, who had arrested one person for allegedly smuggling the snake. We found an adhesive tape pasted on one of the eyes of the snake.  A team of experts has conducted surgery on the reptile and it is doing fine," Suvendu Mallik, Snake Helpline secretary said.

The veterinary officers said the snake will be under medical observation even though its condition is fine.

“We have just removed the matured scale from its eye to enable it to move freely. Now, its condition is fine. We have also conducted a physical examination of the snake. Its skeleton system is normal. Still it should remain under medical observation for at least 15 days" Dr Indrmani Nath, head of surgery team said.

Yesterday, Forest officials had rescued the snake from a man and arrested him on suspicion of being a snake smuggler. Later, the snake was brought to the College of Veterinary Science of Odisha University of Agriculture & Technology (OUAT) in a critical condition.

(Edited By Bikram Keshari Jena)

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