A rare 18-feet King Cobra was rescued from a house in Similipal Wildlife Sanctuary in Odisha’s Mayurbhanj district by forest department employees with the help of local Snake Helpline members.
According to reports, some people of Khandabuda village under Dukura Forest range noticed a huge king cobra trying to enter a house. As they tried to keep the snake out of the house, it hid inside a nearby bush. On being informed, Forest department officials called up the local snake helpline which sent a team to catch the vulnerable serpent.
“I work for Snake Helpline. In between 7-8 AM today I received a call from Dukura range office. Ranger sir told me that a snake had entered a house and I must go there to rescue it. I reached the village which is about 8 km from Dukura range and found that the snake was a king cobra which is now rarely seen and it was a big one. I caught the snake and have released it in the forest,” said snake charmer Krushna Chandra Gochhayat, who now works for Snake Helpline and was a member of the rescue team which rescued the snake.
Krushna said that he had caught thousands of snakes but has seen only five like the one he caught today. There are earlier instances of king cobras measuring a maximum length of 15 feet being rescued from Similipal, he added.
The number of king cobra in Odisha is gradually declining. But the presence of this huge king cobra, which was rescued today, is definitely a good news for the Forest department.