On Thursday, Union Home Minister Amit Shah’s residence had a reptile visitor, a five-foot checkered keelback, commonly known as Asiatic water snake.
Security personnel sighted the non-venomous snake near the guard room and informed Wildlife SOS, an NGO working for wildlife protection and conservation.
A two-member team from the NGO rescued the distressed snake that had taken shelter between wooden panels.
“On Thursday morning, security personnel were shocked to stumble upon a checkered keelback snake on the premises of the Union Home Minister Amit Shah’s bungalow in New Delhi. On spotting the reptile near the guard room, they immediately alerted Wildlife SOS on its 24×7 helpline number, 9871963535.
“A two-person rescue squad raced to the snake’s help while equipped with rescue tools. The snake had entered a space between two wooden panels surrounding the guard room in the meantime, according to Wildlife SOS.
The checkered keelback is mainly found in water sources, including lakes, rivers, ponds, sewers, agricultural grounds, and wells. The Wildlife (Protection) Act of 1972’s Schedule II protects the species.
“We appreciate that the security guards at the home of the Union Home Minister called Wildlife SOS to let them know about this issue. They exhibit tremendous compassion in doing this, serving as an example for others. People frequently disregard the condition of urban animals because they view them as a bother and are frequently met with hostility,” Kartick Satyanarayan, Co-founder and CEO of Wildlife SOS, said.
During the monsoon season, more than 70 snakes were extricated from various locations around Delhi.