Cobra snake hiding in an old Brick Wall
On 02nd April 2015, we received a rescue call at 9:30AM from Mr. Ravindra Pandit, a local resident of Mithileshwar Mauwahi VDC. He requested to reach as much earlier as possible, mentioning that around 50 people have gathered around and they are trying to kill the snake.
MWT Chairman rushed to the spot and searched for the snake. The snake was hiding in an old brick wall. It took little bit time to rescue the hiding snake, but we were able to save life of a speechless creature. Snake is around 5.5ft long Common Cobra (Naja naja) and is transported to Dhanushadham Protected Forest.
Rescuing the Common Cobra Snake in Mithileshwar Mauwahi by Dev Narayan Mandal, Chairman, MWT
We are thankful to local villagers for their help in rescuing the snake.
Indian Flap shell Turtle Rescued by Mithila Wildlife Trust
One Indian Flap shell Turtle is rescued by Mr. Vinesh Kumar Yadav, Forest Guard at Dhanushadham Protected Forest. Last week while Mr. Vinesh Kumar Yadav had gone to his village in nearing Dhanusha district boarder for some personal works, he saw a Turtle roaming on the road at late evening. He called Mr. Dev Narayan Mandal, Chairman, MWT through phone and asked whether to rescue or ignore. Mr. Mandal wanted the turtle to be there in its natural status and suggested to release nearby area. Mr. Yadav urged him that if we want to save life of this turtle we should take it to our center otherwise people will kill it to make curry. “Even I was doing same before coming in touch to MWT” He added.
The Indian Flap shell turtle (Lissemys punctata) is not a common species of Terai region in Nepal. So, Mr. Mandal agreed it to be transported to Dhanushadham Turtle Conservation Center. The turtle is safe at the center now.
It is very necessary to mention here that Mithila Wildlife Trust has initiated to start a Turtle Conservation Center where rare species of turtle will be rehabilitated and will be transferred to several protected and conservation area of Nepal. We strongly believe that it will help us to fight against the declining number of Turtle and will create awareness to visitor of the center for protection of the species. The turtle is usually killed in Terai region of Nepal to prepare curry.
As it is very necessary to construct an enclosure to rehabilitate them, it is our humble request to the helping hands “kindly support our initiative with the possible amount from your side”.
Indian Flap shell Turtle (Lissemys punctata) Rescued from Mahotarri-Dhanusha boarder
To the residents of Nepal: “A Turtle can never fulfill needs of vegetable for our family. So, kindly inform us at +977 9817629229 or mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org while you get a turtle in your area.”
Show your humanity; Help us protect a life – for ourselves, for entire ecosystem and for our future generation!!!! Thank you in advance!!!
People Gathered during Cobra Rescue from Chhath Ghat
This Chhath Festival (a favorite festival of Hindu religion), while entire Terai region of Nepal was preparing for celebration of this awesome festival, The MWT team received an urgent rescue call at early morning. People had seen a cobra snake while cleaning the Chhath Ghat where the festival was supposed to be celebrated at night. MWT team reached to the site without taking much time and rescued the snake.
Cobra rescued on Chhath Festival from Chhath Ghat
The snake looks so cute and it has also moulted (also known as molting, sloughing and shedding) the skin at night in snake rescue box of Mithila Wildlife Trust, Nepal as it can be recognized in the photo.
Snakes rub against rough surfaces to assist removal of their shed skin. The frequency of shedding depends on many factors like species, age, nutritional and reproductive status, the presence of skin parasites or bacteria, and ambient enclosure temperature and humidity. Younger snakes use to shed more frequently than adults and shedding often precedes mating and giving birth. The most common causes of improper or incomplete shedding are related to husbandry and nutrition.
Chhath Celebration at Night
MWT Chairman with rescued snake
Mithila Wildlife Trust rescued a Banded Krait (Bungarus fasciatus) from Bhoyl village, Dhanusha. The snake was roaming nearby the Temple where Shivcharcha (a Special worship for Lord Shiva) was going on, so, people were misguided to superstitious beliefs. They hit the snake with a stick, the snake couldn’t move due to pain and they kept the snake in a steel drum. People coming to the temple were paying a minimum amount and they were praying the snake too.
Inside view of temple
A gentle man from the village called Mr. Suresh Sharma, AFO, Dhanusha and Mr. Sharma had called our rescue team for the rescue and treatment of the snake.
MWT Chairman with rescued snake
The call was attended by Mr. Dev Narayan Mandal, Chairman MWT and he with help of Mr. Santosh Rajak rescued the snake.
Rescued Banded Krait in DPF
The snake is under treatment inside Dhanushadham Protected Forest.
MWT thanks all the gentle people supported us to give the snake a new life.
Twenty four hours wildlife rescue team of MWT helps all speech less creatures to live more on this beautiful planet. Quick responds from MWT, makes peoples to allow this creatures to live more, as MWT aware the local communities and others about the importance of snakes in the environment by our Herpetologist Mr Mavish Kumar, peoples started to make immediate calls if any reptiles noticed. The sudden approach and rescue increase the confidents of peoples on MWT team and this active participation of all peoples itself is an success path for MWT.
Mr.Suvin (Wildlife Biologist- Trainee) & Santhosh Rajak (Social Mobiliser) of MWT from Rescue site