Despite the godly reverence bestowed upon snakes by many religious communities in India, most of us would be scared out of our wits or become immobile with fear if a snake ever happens to cross our paths.
However, instead of being frightened, some villagers of the Pfutsero town in the Phek district of Nagaland, not only safely captured a mother-baby duo of Burmese rock pythons, but also went the extra mile by donating these to the Nagaland Zoological Park (NZP) in Rangpahar, Dimapur.
The pythons were caught by the villagers at the Matikhru village under the Meluri sub-division of the same district on April 15, who then informed the Pfutseromi villagers about the same for the purpose of consumption.
However, upon reaching Matikhru, the villagers found out that the reptiles were still alive.
The villagers of Pfutsero had recently witnessed many awareness drives, and appeals conducted by the Chakhesang Public Organization (CPO) and Chakhesang Youth Front (CYF) who urged them to conserve their natural heritage and involve the local population to protect the wildlife.
This must have had quite an effect on them because the next few steps that they took were kind and heart-warming indeed. After transporting the pythons to their town, they reached out to the officials of the Department of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, of the Phek Forest division and reported about the situation.
Consequently, the forest authorities came to Pfutsero and took over the responsibility of the snakes. While the bigger python was 13.4 feet long and weighed 36 kg, the smaller one was 7.6 feet long and weighed 7 kg!
On a parting note, the villagers requested the forest department to take special care of the reptiles and protect them too. According to a statement issued by Kupelhi Lusou, the Press Secretary of CYF, the pythons reached the NZP safely yesterday night.
While their bravery is commendable, what is indeed heartening is the conscious decision of the Pfutseromi villagers to take a positive step towards environmental conservation and consideration for wildlife.
Thanks to the selflessness of these villagers, the pythons now have a safer habitat and a better scope of survival.
(Edited by Gayatri Mishra)