The inmates of Sri Sathya Sai Bab ashram were welcomed to a rare sight in the morning. After barks of stray dogs throughout the night, Bengaluru residents were shocked on spotting a large snake in the area. The residents in the vicinity of the ashram were surprised to find that the snake was a python. Members of the BBMP forest cell were summoned and by then hundreds of pedestrians had assembled and blocked the road leading to the ashram. CS Nagabhushana who rescued the snake said that it was an 8.5 feet long Indian rock python of about 8 kg.

Times of India quoted him as saying, “We received complaints about stray dogs being captured by a huge snake in the past few days but none of them was confirmed. Pythons are not native to Bengaluru and this is only the third one I have seen here in 15 years.” Nagabhushana said that it was difficult to manage the crowd as some of them were armed with long sticks and weapons. (ALSO READ: Rare yellow-bellied venomous sea snake washed ashore in California!)

Even though there was no police to control the crowd, Nagabhushana rescued the snake within 10 minutes. Sharath Babu, chief wildlife warden, BBMP, said that it was a non-venomous snake and the could be 15 years old. Reportedly, a railway track runs close to the area and python may have entered one of the trains in search of rodents, while other said that the snake could have came out of the neighboring forest also. The python could have fed on stray animals also, because it was healthy. The snakes has been sent to Bannerghatta National Park and will be released in the wild soon.