25th May 2015, Trivandrum:
I’m not exactly the type of person who is not intimidated by snakes. But the again, any sane person will keep their distance from these creatures. You can’t exactly blame someone for their inane self-preservation instinct, can you?! However, killing these poor creatures because they didn’t have the sense to stay away from your backyard is totally uncalled for! Lethal or not, snakes (the ones that roam about here in the city anyway!) have better sense than to hunt down humans.
I was astounded, as I listened to one of my neighbours describing how she had killed off three baby cobras that had been lurking in her backyard. But the Mother Cobra had managed to escape, she informed me; disappointment and worry evident in her expression. It’s natural to be worried about snakes roaming about one’s backyard, especially a notoriously venomous ones like Cobras. Nevertheless, killing them off is not the solution. Yes, some snakes are venomous, and snakebites claim thousands of lives, in India alone. When we have people like Vava Suresh who have devoted their lives to caring for snakes, killing off these unexpected backyard visitors is an unnecessary measure.
One would think that in a country like ours, where snakes are worshipped, their lives won’t be in such peril. Sadly, that is not the case. The injustice meted out to these creatures is disheartening. Every creature has a right to live, regardless of the “threat”, they pose to human life.
If you are living in Trivandrum and find yourself encountering a snake, please do not hesitate to contact Vava Suresh. His contact number is 08281008282.
Please, do not resort to killing these poor creatures. It’s not their fault that they inadvertently strayed into your backyard. Vava Suresh is a well-renowned snake catcher and expert. He has devoted his life, to capturing snakes from human habitat and releasing them back into the wild. His popularity is such, that he even has an android app by the name of “King Cobra”, making his services available to the public.
Here’s the link to the app:
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