July 4, Samdrup Jongkhar: The Divisional Forest Office in Samdrup Jongkhar rescued an Indian Rock Python from Dzong Colony and released at a safe site towards Dewathang on the same day. It measured 9’7” (2.92m) and weighed around 10 kilograms. The snake known by its scientific name Python molurus is classified as Near Threatened under IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.
Despite being nonvenomous, timorous and lethargic, they are often killed by human due to their fearful appearance and size. However, one needs to be sensitised on its ecological importance as it has its own role in the ecosystem and to human kind.
Apart from scheduled and planned duties, the Office attends to numerous ad-hoc cases of wildlife rescue and rehabilitation despite lack of facilities and technical knowhow to handle.
This is the second Python rescue case attended by the division, the earlier one was rescued in May 2016 from Hospital Colony. It was made possible with support and timely information provided by concerned individuals around. The division remains highly grateful and looks forward to receive similar support in future also to save our wildlife and nature at large.
Reported by Lhaba, Forestry Officer, Divisional Forest Office, Samdrup Jongkhar
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