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Cubs reunited with mother

Sep 27, 2010   //   by van   //   Featured  //  No Comments


Jun 23, 2010   //   by admin   //   Featured  //  No Comments

Around this time of the year, we get a lot of snake rescue calls most of which are baby cobras as they begin to hatch from their eggs and seek new places to shelter themselves and go looking for food. We’ve rescued baby cobras everywhere from inside a TV to inside a post box to underneath kitchen sinks!

Couple of days back, we got another frantic call from a person who was riding his bike along tumkur road and suddenly saw a baby cobra come out from behind the speedometer of the bike, slide over his hand and go back behind the speedometer again! The shock he would have got is imaginable. :-)

He immediately got off his bike and called Vanamitra. We rushed to the spot within minutes of his call. When we reached there, there were no less than about 50-60 people staring intently at the bike and making all sorts of weird noises to try and “lure” the snake out.

We requested the people around to maintain silence and keep a safe distance from the bike and give us enough working space. Amongst the crowd was a mechanic who came forward to help us by dis assembling the front part of the bike so we could rescue the snake. So, the mechanic removed the headlight and the meters and there was the baby cobra sitting tight by wrapping himself around a few wires.

We carefully picked up the fellow and put him in a small cotton bag and released him in a nice wooded area nearby.

I couldn’t tell who heaved a bigger sigh of relief, the bike rider or the baby cobra.

Jackal and Hide

Jun 18, 2010   //   by admin   //   Featured  //  No Comments

There is an old Kannada saying “Nanne nodu, yoga baruthe”. It means “See me and you will prosper”. This saying is believed to have been the words of a jackal! Hence there is a common mis-belief that looking at a jackal first thing in the morning brings luck and prosperity.

Most people who believe in this, keep a picture of a jackal right above the foot of the bed so that the photo of the jackal is the first thing they see when they wake up. However, one lawyer in the city decided to take the high road and keep a jackal itself!

He got the jackal when it was a pup and he had this habit of waking up in the morning, going out into the garden where his kids would be waiting with the jackal in hand, looking at the jackal first and then carrying on with his everyday activities. Once the jackal was seen by him in the morning, it was hidden away for the rest of the day in a small dingy cage. We don’t know if he got any prosperity or luck by doing that but the jackal certainly didn’t!

An animal activist who happened to visit the house, took note of the jackal and passed the information onto us. We went ahead with the concerned authorities and rescued the jackal from the lawyers house. All this while the lawyer maintained that there is nothing called a “Wildlife Protection Act 1972″ which prohibits him from keeping a wild animal at home!

The jackal was shifted over to the rehabilitation center and had to undergo several months of rehab to bring stability into his health and regularize his food intake.

Eventually, once it was confirmed that he could fend for himself, he was released back into the wild!