Farmer in Uttar Pradesh takes care of injured python

February 2nd, 2009 - 6:07 pm ICT by IANS  

Lucknow, Feb 2 (IANS) In an act of concern for wildlife, a farmer in Uttar Pradesh is tending to an injured 10-foot long python, weighing around 30 kg, at his home. Gulab Singh of Shankhapar village in Gorakhpur district, 270 km from Lucknow, Sunday found the injured python lying near a water body and brought it to his home for treatment.

“While I was on my way home Sunday, I came across a wounded python lying near the Majhna canal in the Chauri-Chaura area,” Singh told reporters Monday.

With some of his friends, Singh carried the python to his home and tried to treat it, applying herbal ointment over its wounds.

“The python was not at all responding to anything Sunday. But today it has shown some movement,” said Singh.

The farmer has also informed the forest officials about the python. It was not clear how the python was injured.

“We came to learn about the unique incident from the media. We will shortly take the python in our possession to start its treatment,” divisional forest officer (DFO) Manish Mittal told IANS.

He lauded Singh’s efforts to save the reptile.

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