Animals Video

By Bilal Kuchay


This is the incredible moment volunteers rescue a venomous Russell’s viper five days after it had fallen into a 25-feet deep well.

The 30-inch-long snake is believed to have fallen into an open well following a prey in Phuleswari in Bhubaneswar in the eastern Indian state of Odisha.

The cautious villagers immediately stopped using water from the well.

However, when the snake failed to get out of the well on its own for five days, the villagers called Snake Helpline, an organisation that focuses on the health of snakes and assists in snake rescues in the state, for help.

Two volunteers from the organisation rushed to the spot and managed to rescue the reptile within an hour by using an iron hook and rope.

Visuals show volunteers dropping the hook into the well and the reptile immediately clinging on to it.

The volunteers can be seen carefully pulling the rope so that the snake may not fall into the well again.

Snake Helpline secretary, Subhendu Mallik who rescued the snake, said: “The deadly viper might have fallen in the well following its prey such as rodent or frog.

“The well was not only deep but was an old one with badly shaped sides.

“It was dangerous to go into the well so we used the iron hook which is a safe method of rescuing snakes from well as the rescuer remain safely outside the well.

He added: “Many rescuers unnecessarily try to go into the well to rescue snakes which is very dangerous.”

The snake was later released into its natural habitat.

The villagers were however advised not to use the water from the well before disinfecting it with bleaching powder.

Mallik added: “Russell’s viper is a venomous snake. The water might be contaminated so as a precautionary measure we told the villagers to disinfect the well with bleaching powder and and then use the water after 24-hours.”

The Russell’s viper has one of the most agonising bites of all venomous snakes.

The vicious viper is very aggressive and causes more deaths in India than any other snake, killing an estimated 25,000 people annually.