On Thursday the Plant and Animal Welfare Society – Mumbai (PAWS-Mumbai), with a joint effort of the International Organization for Animal Protection (OIPA) and the Amma Care Foundation (ACF), rescued a 7-foot-long Indian Rock Python from Powai’s Holy Trinity Church.
PAWS (Mumbai) helpline received a distress call from local resident Michael Villa at midnight at 3 a.m. stating that a large snake was crossing a road.
Following this, the Honorary Wildlife Warden of Mumbai City and Representative of NGO Sunish Subramanian, along with Rescue Team Volunteer Ashish Yadav, reached the spot and safely rescued the snake.
“It was Michael Villa, who spotted the snake while driving back from Powai to Kanjur Marg. If the snake was not rescued in time, it may be met with an accident as JVLR is a busy road and vehicles run at speed. As the development work of the metro has been going on due to vibration, the habitat has been disturbed,” said Sunish Subramanian.
After informing the Forest Department, the snake was taken for a fitness examination at Dr. Rahul Meshram’s clinic and later relocated back to its natural habitat in the forest, said Nisha Kunju, who coordinated the rescue call.
If you come across any such incident, please contact ACF PAWS-Mumbai Helpline 9833 480388 or report on Forest Control 1926