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A team from Wildlife SOS rescued a five-foot-long Black-headed royal snake stuck in the engine of a mini tourist bus in Jammu and Kashmir, India. It took the team a long two hours to rescue the distressed snake. The snake is now under observation and will be released back into the wild once deemed fit.

The driver of the mini tourist bus was surprised when he saw a snake peeking out of the steering wheel. The poor snake’s lower body was stuck in the engine, and its head was sticking out of the wheel. The kind driver, thinking on his feet, immediately called Wildlife SOS Rapid Response unit, and a team rushed to the location to rescue the snake. The team confirmed that it was a young snake because of the markings on its head and body. Finally, after two hours, the snake was rescued.

Source: Wildlife SOS/Youtube

Kartick Satyanarayan, Co-founder and CEO of Wildlife SOS, said, “Being stuck in such a difficult situation can be stressful for any animal. The experience for the snake was extremely traumatic in this case and we are making sure it gets the care and rest it requires to nurse it back to good health. It is rewarding to see that concerned citizens also took onus and assisted our team.”

Always call a local rescue or organization if you find a wild animal in danger. Snakes are often misunderstood and thought of as unneeded wildlife or dangerous. If you come across a snake, contact your local wildlife authorities and check out What to Do When You Encounter a Snake!

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