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10-ft-long python rescued in Manipur village

 IMPHAL, Nov 7 - A 10-foot-long Rock python was rescued at remote Kwatha village in Manipur’s Chandel district recently. The reptile was rescued by the volunteers of Kwatha Environmental Management and Developmental Organisation (KEMADO), according to a press release by the People for Animals (PFA), Manipur.

Some members of the KEMADO, which is a brainchild of State Forest Department and PFA Manipur, found the python being brought from nearby forest by few fishermen. It is said that the python was captured after being electrocuted using some device.

On hearing the news, a PFA team rushed to Kwatha and rescued the reptile and a special permission for transportation was sought from Chief Wildlife Warden Manipur, said PFA.

KEMADO’s general secretary Ningthoujam Deven along with executive members handed over the reptile to PFA Manipur. “The fishing by electrocution is widely practised by hill dwellers in the streams of Manipur,” said managing trustee L Biswajeet Meitei of PFA Manipur.

“Python gall bladder is said to be smuggled to Myanmar from Manipur for further onward transportation to China and other Asian countries where it fetches a premium as it was sold for making traditional medicines.”

The release added that many people in China and South East Asia believe that python’s gall bladder cures ailments like fever, cough etc. It is reported that unscrupulous wildlife smugglers come to collect the reptile parts from villages. After procuring the parts at a cheaper rate, they further send them to destinations which would fetch higher returns. Indian rock python is listed in schedule 1 and trading of the reptile is illegal.

In another development, a young leaf turtle and an elongated turtle were also handed over by one Angom Basanta of Kwatha who have rescued the animals from fishermen, to KEMADO.

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