By Bilal Kuchay
This is a heartwarming moment volunteers rescue a 30-inch-long Indian cobra after it got stuck in a steel mesh because of its bloated abdomen due to swallowing a whole toad.
The snake had swallowed a toad and tried to escape through a drainage when it got trapped in its mesh at a temple drainage outlet in Rajarani colony in Bhubaneshwar in India’s eastern state of Odisha.
The temple caretakers immediately called the Snake Helpline, an organisation that focuses on the health of snakes and assists in snake rescues in the state, for help.
Two volunteers, Atul Baral and Subhendu Mallik, rushed to the spot and managed to rescue the reptile by digging the drainage outlet for almost 15 minutes.
With the metal ring still around its abdomen, the snake was taken to the College of Veterinary Science and Animal Husbandry, Bhubaneshwar, where doctors along with the volunteers freed the snake after cutting the mesh carefully with a metal cutter.
Dr. Biswadip Jena said, “Since the snake had struggled to pull out itself, the metal had cut through the skin.
“After freeing the snake from the mesh, we stitched its wound.”
In the video clip, the snake after being freed can be seen throwing out the toad that had resulted into its swollen abdomen.
Dr Jena added: “The snake was given antibiotics and kept under observation.
“Now it has resumed its normal movement and will be very soon released to its natural habitat.