Subhas Chandra Pattanayak
I am personally indebted to Prof. Dr. Indramani Nath, who had saved the life of my GSD ‘Tommy’ in 2012 and to Dr. Jasmin Singh, who had save my booster ‘Badsah’ in 2013. Dr. Nath is Professor-cum-HoD and Dr. Singh is an Asst. Professor in the Department of Surgery in the College of Veterinary Sciences and Animal Husbandry under Orissa University of Agriculture and Technology, Bhubaneswar.
But I am not going to repeat my gratitude to them in this presentation. I am just eager to say how much in wonderment I am at the enormity of humanitarianism and love for animal world the both of them have displayed in trying to save the life of a 15 year old, 14 ft long, 30 kg python that a general public had mortally injured.
The python was crossing the road at Rameshwar in the district of Khurda, when people of the locality, afraid of the demonic danger it may pose to them and their livestock if allowed to live, tried to kill it with whatever means readily available.
On being informed of this, the forest officials had rushed to the spot and rescued the snake and kept it under watch at Ketaki Jhara nursery for four days.
As no improvement was marked, they consulted the Snake helpline organization and thus, on August 19, it was brought to the Surgery Department of the College of VSAH.
Physical as well as X-Ray examination showed serious bone fractures including in its jaws.
Prof. Dr. Nath decided to repair the fractures through surgical operation. He preferred Dr. Singh to be the other member in the team. And both decided to take the risk.
After the surgery, about the success of which both the experts are confident, the python has been kept under medical observation. The Doctors are hopeful that after a week, it may be released back into its freedom.