Jajpur: In a bizarre incident a cobra along with her 12 hatchlings were rescued from a person’s house situated near a bridge in the district here today.
While the incident took place at Manpur village under Danagadi block, the joint teams of Jajpur Road Forest officials and Snake Helpline local volunteers rescued all the venomous reptiles.
The family members of owner Shibaprasad Jena noticed a cobra entering their house following which they informed the Forest Department and the officials at once summoned the Snake Helpline.
In his reactions, Snake Helpline volunteer Manibhadra Mallick said, “Ranger Sir from the Forest Office phoned us. Along with the Forest officials our team rushed to the spot. We rescued 13 cobra hatchlings and their mother. We will release them all in the jungle.”
“The hatchlings were under an asbestos sheet while the mother cobra was in the cow shed. There is a jungle nearby. In case any more observed, we could rescue further,” he informed.
Jajpur Road Forest Range Officer Debendra Pattnaik said, “Shibaprasad Jena, living near Manpur bridge, intimated us. After getting the information, Manibhadra Mallick of Snake Helpline under our range along with our team rescued them. There are 13 cobra hatchlings and their mother rescued. They are all healthy. Now we’ll release them all into the natural habitat.”
“If snake bites, medical treatment is a must. If one dies from snakebite, compensation will be given as per the norms laid down by the Government,” he replied to a query.