The TrickyScribe: Rains are here, and so are creepy fears! Watch your steps the next time you enter your garage, an ATM kiosk or a lawn. A snake might just welcome you. With the onset of monsoon, these “unwanted” guests have slithered into several homes in Patna.
Next time you find a snake hissing inside your house this monsoon, don’t panic or cause it any harm. All you need to do is dial a helpline (70707 67677) and professional snake trappers will be at your doorstep to help you. That too, free of cost.
The helpline is being run by a group of nature enthusiasts in Patna who’ve been serving the denizens for past four years. The team is very particular about the urgency involved and maintains turnaround time of less than 30 minutes for locations within the state capital. Snakes apart, team has expertise in rescuing other animals and birds as well.
Talking to The TrickyScribe, Research Scholar, Department of Zoology, Patna University, Gourav Kumar, who runs the helpline, said the rescuing operations include a two-pronged rescue act: saving people from sustaining snake bites and taking out the reptile to the wild, their safe fiefdom.
The team in Patna has six experts in catching snakes who’ve rescued more than 70 snakes till date. They get regular phone calls during the monsoon.
“As a child, I was compassionate to animals and birds. I took it as a mission when I grew up. Later, it was my college senior Siddarth Ramchandran who trained me as a rescuer,” Gourav said adding “I’m just chipping in my bit to preserve the nature. People kill them mistaking them as dangerous.”
“Once we rescue a snake, we take it either to Sanjay Gandhi Biological Park, commonly known as Patna zoo, or to the riverine plains, depending upon the proximity,” he said. Speaking about the costs incurred, he said we do it with whatever financial resources we have. We don’t charge it, for this is our passion.
Cautioning Patnaites against attempting some do-it-yourself jigs, Gourav said snakes are quite unpredictable and his technical training notwithstanding, he has sustained two snake bites, although from an eastern garter snake. No untrained person should try this without supervision, he added.