Two giant pythons were rescued from inside a JCB machine in Odisha, on Sunday morning. The snakes were found during beautification work being undertaken at a reservoir site in the Palligumula village of Berhampur district, Odisha, eastern Indian state of Bengal, according to news agency ANI.
Wildlife officials said that one of the pythons was 7-foot-long, while the other measured a whopping 11-feet. While the smaller of the two snakes was rescued quickly as it was found sitting on top of the JCB, the other was found inside the machine and took longer to capture.
Photos shared by ANI on Twitter show wildlife officials and snake catchers working to capture the huge python.
Odisha: A python was rescued from inside a JCB machine in Palligumula village of Berhampur district.
"The python was 11-feet-long," said Swadhin Kumar Sahu, a snake rescuer. (18.1) pic.twitter.com/Kf9hUV1JmF
— ANI (@ANI) January 18, 2021
After a rescue operation that lasted four hours, both the snakes were released back into the wild.
“A team of snake rescuers received a call around 9 PM on Sunday and reached the spot around 9.30 PM. They rescued one python which was on the top of the JCB machine easily. But another snake which was 11-feet long was inside the machine. It took over four hours to rescue it,” said Swadhin Kumar Sahu, a snake rescuer who helped with the rescue operation.