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King Cobra (Ophiophagus hannah) rescued by Mithila Wildlife Trust (MWT) and brought to Dhanushadham Protected Forest (DPF)

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.

Family member of Mr. Baniya

Family member of Mr. Baniya


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.

Roof where King Cobra was hiding for the whole day

Roof where King Cobra was hiding for the whole day


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.

The room where King Cobra was locked untill rescue by MWT Nepal

The room where King Cobra was locked untill rescue by MWT Nepal


King Cobra inside a locked room before rescue

King Cobra inside a locked room before rescue


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.

Rescued King Cobra inside wooden rescue box

Rescued King Cobra inside wooden rescue box


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.

The lovely face of rescued King Cobra

The lovely face of rescued King Cobra

Weighing the King Cobra in DPF

Rescued injured Dumeril’s Black Headed Snake (Sybynophis subpunctatus)

Today evening MWT team rescued again a rare species of snake called Dumeril’ Black Headed Snake (Sibynophis subpunctactus) which was seriously injured by the villagers. They call this non-

Second wound of his body.

Second wound of his body.

Wound made by villagers to wipe off him from village.

Wound made by villagers to wipe off him from village.

venomous snake as young one of Cobra, and trying to kill. As our team reached on time, this live was able to rescue from that villagers. As there are two wounds on the body, we were not able to release him in the forest. Mavish added, without healing clearly, it is just like killing him. Once a wound hapens to this creatures, chances of germination of worms from flies eggs are more which can cause the death of the same. So only when the wound is healed, we will be releasing him in its habitat.We are taking care of him in our office in a separate enclosure.

In Mavish's hand, when taken to treatement.

In Mavish’s hand, when taken to treatement.

Rescuing from Mithileshwar village.

Rescuing from Mithileshwar village.

PYTHON REPORTED FROM MANGALPUR VILLAGE, DHANUSHA

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Rescue Operations

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Yesterday after noon a Python was sighted by some farmers  from  Mangalpur village which falls  in buffer zone of Dhanusha Protected Forest (DPF). As MWT got a rescue call, we rashed to the spot in no time as our full team was near to that area for releasing rescued snake in DPF. Unfortunately, our Herpetologist, Mr.Mavish, Biologist Mr.Suvin (Trainee) and their team was not able to sight the snake said by the villagers. After two hour search to get that snake, (as by the different  literature, rearly seen in this area) our herpetologist found number of holes and caves near to the pond into which the said snake might have escaped. According to villagers, snake was around ten feet long, yellow and brown patches with elongated triangular head. After showing the photographs and  identification features, Mavish confirmed the snake as Python sp.

Our team was very glad to say that we are getting into the peoples as, the number of rescue calls are getting increased day by day.

Dhanusha district wildlife rescue, please feel free to call/ miss call @ +977-9812 007 071 and 9812 185 489

 

Started Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation Project.

Initial survey report of ten days shows an positive result for the new project initiated by  MWT Herpetologist Mr. Mavish and his research team. Almost all the  houses of Dhanusha village of Nepal  shows one or two snake bites in last two year. The common snakes, peoples encountered was Cobra and Krait (Poisonous), Rat snake, Wolf snake, Water snake, Striped Keelback, Vine snake, Pythons, etc. Villagers kills all these speechless creatures without any humanity, as thinking of poisonous ones. They are unaware of importance of these creature in our environment, even though they are the friends of farmer.  In addition our herpetologist added that, every one of these area want us to rescue those creatures on time,  delay of a minute or two because of traffic   pretend villagers to wipe off these speechless ones from the earth. If this attitude of human being continues, it is sure that number of reptile species is giong to vanish from earth in no time. Here comes the importance of rescue and rehabilitation of wildlife team.

MWT Research team in the field Suvin (Biologist-Trainee), Santhosh & Mukesh (Social Mobiliser)

MWT Research team in the field Suvin (Biologist-Trainee), Santhosh & Mukesh (Social Mobiliser)

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