New Delhi: An eight-foot-long Indian Rock Python was today rescued by the Wildlife SOS Rapid Response Unit from the engine of a water tanker at the Barapullah Corridor extension site.
The constrictor was kept under observation for a few hours after which it was released into its natural habitat.
Construction workers at the Barapullah Corridor extension site found the snake trapped inside the engine of a water tanker.
Fearing for their safety as well as the well-being of the constrictor, they immediately reported the incident to the supervising authorities who in turn contacted Wildlife SOS.
"After ensuring that the crowd of curious onlookers was at a safe distance, we managed to carry out the rescue operation. It took almost 40 minutes for the rescuers to carefully extricate the distressed python," Wildlife SOS said.
Geeta Seshamani, Co-founder of Wildlife SOS said, "Although non-venomous, a python's bite can cause injury and therefore, one has to be careful while carrying out such operations."
The Indian Rock Python (python molurus) is a large non-venomous species found in India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.
This species is threatened by habitat loss, poaching and is sought after in the illegal pet trade as well.