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Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

Berhampur: Snake Helpline volunteers with the help of the locals rescued two huge pythons, one of which had precariously sneaked into an earth remover (JCB machine), near an embankment at Gumula village on the outskirts of the city on Sunday night.

According to reports, while a JCB machine was engaged in digging a canal for a beautification drive of the water body, two pythons suddenly emerged from the spot. Even as workers engaged at the site went for cover after spotting the massive pythons, one of the reptiles, which was around 11 feet long, entered the bonnet of the JCB machine.

Hearing the news, locals rushed to the spot and tried unsuccessfully to bring the python out of the giant machine. Later on being informed, two local Snake Helpline volunteers reached the spot and rescued both the reptiles. The huge snakes were released in a nearby forest in the presence of forest officials.

“We saw the huge snakes while digging soil in the canal. Probably they were hibernating there to get respite from the prevailing cold condition. One of the snakes became aggressive and tried to attack us. It was really scary. Local people and Snake Helpline members came to our rescue,” said the driver of the JCB machine.

Earlier on October 13 last year, an eleven-foot-long Indian rock python had been rescued from PR High School premises in Bolangir town. The huge reptile had been spotted coiling in a big tree in front of a temple. However, the reptile did not harm anyone and was later rescued by the Snake Helpline members. It was later released into the nearby reserved forest after a medical examination by the forest department officials.


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