Monday, June 23, 2008

Python couple falls in well, female dies


Python couple falls in well, female dies

Times of India


Junagadh : In a bizarre incident, a pair of pythons entwined while mating fell into a dry open well in Gir Wildlife Sanctuary, on outskirts of Trambakpur village of Dalkhaniya range, some three days ago, department officials said.


The male python survived and was pulled out of the well by forest department staff and was released into the wild. While, female python fell and died in the well, on Thursday evening. Both the reptiles were six-feet long.


"The entangled pythons were so engrossed in the act that they crawled at the edge of the well and fell in. the near by farmers who witnessed the incident informed the department that swung into action and saved the male python," said Gir (east) deputy conservator of forest Manishwar Raja.


While the female python had died partly of her injuries and hunger, the male escaped unhurt and was in sound condition. The monsoon heralds mating season for animals in Gir and snakes are no exception to it," said Raja. The forest department also conducted the post-mortem of the deceased python.

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