Highly venomous viper spotted outside Omar’s residence released in Dachigam National Park after observation

Highly venomous viper spotted outside Omar’s residence released in Dachigam National Park after observation

Srinagar: A highly venomous viper (known as “Gunus” locally) was found on Thursday outside former chief minister, Omar Abdullah’s residence, but it was soon rescued and released in Dachigam wildlife sanctuary.

For two days, the incident was unknown until senior journalist Athar Parvaiz tweeted about it early on Saturday. “Media has missed this news! On May, 9 @WildlifeSOS team in Srinagar has rescued this highly dangerous snake spotted at former CM @OmarAbdullah ’s residence and released it in Dachigam. The Viper, locally called ‘Gunas’ is extremely venomous. Rescuer: Aaliya Mir,” Parvaiz wrote on microblogging website, Twitter.

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Wildlife SOS, a conservation non-profit in India with the primary objective of rescuing and rehabilitating wildlife in distress in the country, said that in a daring operation, a four-foot-long extremely rare and highly venomous ‘Levantine Viper’ was rescued by Wildlife SOS from the former Chief Minister’s residence in Srinagar on Thursday morning. “The rare reptile was examined and then released in its natural habitat after it was confirmed fit for release,” an official of Wildlife SOS, said.

“In the early hours on Thursday, the Wildlife SOS team operating out of Srinagar in Jammu & Kashmir, responded to a distress call about a dangerous snake spotted at the residence of the former Chief Minister’s residence. The security personnel spotted the reptile which was taking shelter in a wall covered with plants in the garden,” the official said.

She added that the Wildlife SOS Team led by Ms. Aaliya Mir rushed to the location and identified the snake as a Levantine Viper, a highly venomous snake. The snake, she said, was kept under observation for a few hours and on being affirmed fit, was carefully released in Dachigam National Park.