WILDLIFE: Guards find 20ft long Rock Python in their room – forest fires and the rising heat cause snakes to climb upwards ?!!
From our Special News Correspondent
Mongpu, June 20, 2010: Guards at the Cinchona Plantation near the Sinchal Wildlife Sanctuary, in Kurseong Sub Division, were shockingly surprised to find a 20ft long Rock Python in their room on Saturday morning.
The alarm was raised and the Cinchona Zonal Chief Gagan Rai immediately called Sinchal Wildlife officer Bhuvan Giri who arrived at the scene with Rambi beat officer Santosh Karki, as well as 6th mile beat officer Phurba Sherpa and 23 other wildlife officers and finally caught the 20ft long python.
The Rock Python, weighed almost 23 kilos and had a length of around 20 feet and a diameter of around 13 inches.
The massive python was then taken to the Mahananda Wildlife Department and later released in the Latpanjar Forest Range, according to officials of the Wildlife department.
According to Wildlife Officials, a similar python had been caught earlier on May 2, 2010 above Teesta at Bada Mangawa area and also later released at the Latpanjar Forest area. These types of Rock Pythons, they explained, cannot stay in places above 14,000 ft elevation and that these snakes come into the hills because of forest fires and rising temperatures.
Siliguri, June 20: A herd of 100-odd wild elephants has killed three villagers and damaged about 20 huts in the Kurseong forest division in the past 48 hours.
Phulmoni Sauria, 65, and Parshuram Majhi, 60, two residents of Ajmabad Tea Estate, were trampled to death by an elephant this evening when the herd raided the Factory Line of the garden around 7.30.
Garden residents ransacked two vehicles of police and the forest department to protest frequent elephant raids.
“Rasai Nagasia, a 45-year-old resident of Uttamchand Chhatbusti under Tukriajhar range, died late last evening after the herd attacked her village,” said Y.T. Eden, the divisional forest officer of Kurseong.
Foresters said the herd was earlier confined to the Kalabari forest but for the past two-three days it had been raiding Tukriajhar, Darabux, Chenga and Panighata areas before shifting to Dalka forest, damaging 18-19 huts and destroying crops of several acres on the way.
“It has become difficult for us to check the elephants as they have split into small groups, changing its direction frequently,” Eden said.