Writes to foresd department officials seeking guidance for their rehabilitation
Wild life activists in Palamu have rescued 17 venomous snakes including Cobra from two snake charmers at Daltonganj in Jharkhand’s Palamu district on Wednesday evening. The activists later urged the forest department officials to rehabilitate the rescued reptiles pointing out that they cannot survive in the wild as their fangs were found to be taken out by the snake charmers.
Jyoti Priya and her friend Anshika found two snake charmers displaying snakes in Kumhar toil of the Daltonganj town. When both the girls approached them and told them that this act was illegal and that this could land them in jail, they fled leaving behind the snakes mistaking the girls for forest officers.
Incidentally, both girls were also associated with Adhikari Foundation for Nature Conservation, an NGO engaged in wild life conservation. Priya is also a leading campaigner in raising awareness among people about importance of protecting wildlife.
Jyoti Priya, who has already created a niche for herself in the wild life circle by rescuing innumerable reptiles and serving the local people said, “When they fled, we had no option but to collect all snakes and take them with us. I am presently looking after them at the makeshift rehabilitation centre that I run at home.”
Jyoti said that the recued snakes included 4 cobra, 2 banded racer, 2 ornamental snake, 1 vine snake, 1 rock python and 6 sand boa. She pointed out, “The snake charmers have taken out their fangs so it is very difficult for them to survive in the wild right now. They need proper rehabilitation before being released in the wild or they can be handed over to zoo.”
“For this purpose, we have written to the senior forest department officers for either sending them to zoo or suggest alternatives for their rehabilitation and release,” Jyoti said.