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Massive 10-Foot Python Rescued from Agra Residential Complex

Wildlife SOS rescued a nearly 10-foot Indian rock python from a residential drain in Agra's Astha City, highlighting urban human-wildlife conflicts exacerbated by rising temperatures. Python safely released post-rescue

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In a recent rescue operation, Wildlife SOS successfully captured a nearly 10-foot-long Indian rock python from a residential society in Agra, showcasing the increasing instances of human-wildlife conflict in urban areas.

The incident occurred at Astha City, a residential complex located in Runakta, Agra, where residents spotted the gigantic reptile in a drain within the premises. Alarmed by the sight, they immediately contacted the Wildlife SOS rapid response unit on their emergency hotline.

Responding swiftly to the distress call, a two-member team from the wildlife conservation NGO arrived at the scene. With precision and care, they extricated the massive python from the drain and secured it in a safe transport carrier, much to the relief of the anxious residents.

"Reptiles are ectothermic, relying on external sources to regulate their body temperature," explained Kartick Satyanarayan, Co-founder & CEO of Wildlife SOS. "During extreme heatwaves, they often venture out in search of cooler refuges. Despite lingering fears and misconceptions about reptiles, we've witnessed a significant increase in awareness. Our hotline has received thousands of calls over the years, indicating a growing understanding of these creatures."

After a brief observation period to ensure its well-being, the python was released back into a suitable natural habitat.

Baiju Raj M.V, Director of Conservation Projects at Wildlife SOS, highlighted the underlying causes of such encounters. "The rising temperatures are driving these snakes out of their natural shelters, leading to potential human-reptile conflicts," he said. "We urge the public to continue supporting our efforts and report any such incidents to our emergency helpline. Our team stands ready to assist both people and urban wildlife in need."

The Indian rock python (Python molurus) is granted the highest level of protection under Schedule I of the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972. This stringent protection is a response to the widespread hunting of the species for its meat and skin across various regions of the country.

Wildlife SOS continues to play a crucial role in mitigating human-wildlife conflicts and promoting conservation efforts. Their 24/7 rescue hotline (+91-9917109666) serves as a lifeline for both distressed wildlife and concerned citizens.

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