Dhanushadham, 2074/05/01 – Mithila Wildlife Trust (MWT) rescued a King Cobra from the house of Man Bahadur Baniya R/o Karjanha Municipality, Ward No.-2, Siraha district of Nepal. Weighting 3 Kg 345 Gm and 9ft 3 Inch long.
The family members of Mr. Baniya had noticed the snake entering inside house on 2074/04/31 BS but they didn’t bother of it thinking that it will move away in the night. But when his daughter in low went to clean the house early morning on 32nd Shrawan 2074, she saw the snake resting behind gate and it moved under gap area of the roof when it was disturbed by them. They waited it to move away, but at afternoon they informed their neighbors for the existence of a snake inside house. Soon, neighbors gathered numbering around 20-25 to kill the snake. Everybody was trying to kill it, when one of the neighbors shouted that this is the same snake preserved by MWT in Dhanushadham Protected Forest (DPF) and he requested everybody to save this snake. Then, they informed Ilaka Police Office, Bandipur and the police official informed to District Forest Office, Siraha via Ilaka Forest Office, Bandipur. And massage was passed to MWT for the rescued via Shankar Narayan Jha who is Assistant Forest Office posted at DPF.
Mr. Dev Narayan Mandal, Chairman, MWT rushed to the spot with Lalit Yadav, Forest Guard at DPF for the rescue where he found that police officials had managed to lock the windows and gate of the room and protect the snake from crowd. The snake was rescued successfully by our chairman and was transported to DPF at evening.
Scientific name of the snake is Ophiophagus hannah, weight is 3Kg 345 Gm and the length is measured to be 9Ft 3 Inch (measured next day in DPF). As small wound is there on the outer skin of the snake, necessary treatment has been given and will be released back in the same range or will be decided according to the suggestion of District Forest Officer.
Till date, MWT has rescued 4 King Cobras from human settlements of the same range covering approx. 200SqrMtr. 3 more King Cobras have been recorded but the regular awareness programmes has made it to live them in their natural habitat without rescue or translocation.
The measure threats of these snakes are unmanaged human settlements and habitat loss inside Shivalik Chure range of Nepal.
We heartily thank the residence of the area, the members of Ilaka Police Office & Ilaka Forest Office, Bandipur for the co-operation and support to save this speechless creature. We would also like to request for possible support from helping hands to organize several awareness programmes in the area where nice population of King Cobra is recorded in Nepal.