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Snake Catcher | Snake Rescue in Surat

Today early morning cleaning staff was going about the errand in the society as usual, when they spotted a snake in the compound. They called in the Supervisor and informed the community via online message to avoid going towards the compound corner. They started making noise when I went to see.

Snake had made it’s way into the compound via the trees overhanging on the wall. In the backyard there are many trees and a waterhole. Snake used to roam about in that place usually in monsoon. They tried to contact anyone who would help rescue the snake. After about 10-15 minutes they didn’t seem to be able to find any way out.

I stepped in to avoid anyone taking wrong action against the snake. I made some calls to the animal rescue teams and one of them told they will find someone in our area and update. After 10 minutes I got a call from one of the nature volunteer and he asked for address. They reached in about 15 minutes.

The snake had hidden behind some steel planks near the wall. We waited around to see if the snake didn’t escape anywhere. Once they came in, they asked for the person who saw it. Asked for the size and colour. First plank was removed and nothing seen. People were doubting if it had left from somewhere. After removing the second one, snake jumped right out it and started to crawl ahead.

One of the volunteer just tried to hold it but it went pass by. Another volunteer held it from the tail and slowly started to let it flow. Within a minute he got good control on it and it was moving freely. Meanwhile they asked for pillow cover and one of the occupant provided them. They let the snake slip into the pillow cover and tied it properly. They just left after that.

Few people resort to hurting the snake, which is actually not required.

Whenever you spot a snake or someone around you spots any snake, try to remain calm and inform animal rescue team immediately. Do not hurt or overcrowd the place to avoid any accident. Provide all details clearly about the snake, location and keep a watch on the snake.

To call Snake rescue team in Surat try below organization as they are doing commendable work :

Prayas Team Environment Charitable Trust

“C-110/Commercial Complex”,
Udhna Udyognagar Sangh, Central Road No. 10, Opposite Bank of Baroda,
“Udhna”, Surat, Gujarat, INDIA.
Pincode: 394210

Phone – 9825119081


Why you must watch Wildlife : Resurrection Islands by Nat Geo featuring Bertie Gregory

Hope Storytelling Freshness. Number one reason why you must watch Wildlife series Resurrection Island by Nat Geo is simply because it’s awesome and only few shows or episodes come closer to it with respect to story telling, hope, videography and freshness brought in by Bertie Gregory. Now that you know that there is this awesome series by Nat Geo about Wildlife pertaining to resurrection where the animals come back from the dead or in this case near local extinction, it’s time to know what makes this series so awesome.

Resurrection Islands. This series is based on Wildlife near Islands of South Georgia, where animals were hunted in large number for commercial purpose driving them into near extinction. Later with conservation efforts and new policies, wildlife thrived in this place and now it is one of the best locations for wildlife observation, film-making and story telling. It speaks of hope on a large scale completely undoing the damage done by us. Following quote by Bertie summaries it well.

“If given the chance nature can bounce back on a scale you are not going to believe.”

Bertie Gregory, Wildlife Film Maker

Storytelling is spot on. Under this series animals like Fur Seals, Macaroni Penguins, Albatrosses, King Penguins are covered in detail. There are moments in the series that tell us about fighting spirit, survival tenacity, mutual love, loyalty, care and overcoming the obstacles in life with every might, power and strength you have got. The story of life-long companionship by Albatross makes us wonder about our emotional and moral fibre. Flying alongside Albatross sure seems like a wonderful experience. The way King Penguins go through tough experiences of weather, ocean and encounter with predators is inspiring on its own. How they feed their chicks makes us ask are we doing good enough for our own kind. Life is so organised for the Penguins under so much chaos.

Wildlife through cinematic experience. Grab some popcorns and get ready for the cinema-tic experience of the wild. Bertie takes us through a ride of cinematic experience with amazing background music. In the episode about Macaroni Penguins the shots which are taken at ground level makes you feel you are walking besides them. The way they jump on the rocks and walk ahead through greens, doesn’t feel like it is happening in nature real time but it’s as if those animals are in for a show and they are giving a perfect shot. Definitely that’s what makes Bertie an awesome filmmaker and adds some more cherry on top of this show.

Lot of lessons taught. The concept of dynamic souring is explained very well. The lifespan and lifestyle of these animals are covered in detail. Their traits and behaviours are showcased to teach and train the next generation of biologists, environmentalists, wildlife photographers & filmmakers, policy makers and historians.

Protection of environment is our responsibility. A lot has been achieved till now but a lot more is yet to be done. Nature needs to be protected and everything within it. We as humans for once need to realize that we are one of the many species on this planet and our goal should be as a contributor in the ecosystem and not merely a consumer. Now is the time to take things into our hands and form protective measures for wildlife and fauna likewise and conserve nature in its original sense.

Passionate, young and charming Bertie Gregory brings in completely new energy into narration and story telling. His young fresh voice and amusement about the nature, animals and wild brings a certain kind of joy in you and makes you feel as if you are on the ride alongside him. The kind of exhilaration and feelings experienced by Bertie are like your own and that’s why it connects closely to you. He has put in lot of efforts along with his team behind the scenes just like most of the wildlife filmmakers. Such kind of work is symbol of passion, interest, dedication, hardwork, discipline and intense research. You are going to fall for his happy laugh.

Without going further into more details about each episode and what’s in it for you to enjoy, we request you to go take a glimpse of some episodes only to find yourself watching entire series. Share us your favourite moments in the series in the comment section below.

Migratory Birds Seagulls visit Surat every winter

Seagulls visit Tapi River banks in Surat every year during winter in large numbers. They come in thousands and stay here for 3-4 months from November to February. This year as well they have come to taste Surti food for which they have become adapted and habituated for. It seems they keep coming to taste these tasty snacks of Surat such as gathiya, namkeen, dhokla and others. However it is not sure if this is causing them any kind of serious damage. Healthcare and Bird experts feel that they should be fed only boiled food or their natural diet to keep them safe.

However Surtis in large number are seen feeding gathiya and other snacks during early morning and evenings. Seagulls have developed a discipline to come in position to sit near the railing at the bridge and wait for someone to place the snacks. They come in turns and are seen savoring the delight. You can see seagulls getting upclose to humans, seems like they have been domesticated. Across the world, Seagulls are seen to have similar behaviour at beaches and urban establishment where often they are seen to steal food from the visitors. Seagulls eat fishes and insects as their natural diet.

They are seen taken ride in Tapi river to fulfill their taste buds. Seagulls are seen in large number near Makkai Pool, where it has become their usual breakfast and evening snacks spot. They are also seen resting in the muddy islands in Tapi River. On the other side of the city, where Tapi River looks like a lake near Singanpore, wier-cum-causeway carries a new avatar of Tapi. Here large flocks of birds are seen swimming in the water and flying at certain intervals. Below video is captured at one such instance.

Seagulls flying above Tapi River near Wier-cum-Causeway in Surat

Best time to see Seagulls near Tapi river is early mornings when the Sun is rising behind the urban infrastructure. Large number of Surtis are seen going on walks, jogging and running. They feed these birds as well. Also during evening before Sunset, you can enjoy the Sun going down near Tapi River and see the birds making large sounds as they feed on the food. You will find the darkness creating a silhoutte of the city infrastructure, in the background sunsetting into the river and in the foreground you will see these birds flying with wide open wings. A perfect time to carry your camera and click some pictures of this birds upclose as well as landscapes.

Seagulls at Makkai Pool Bridge railing waiting for food from ongoing commuters in Surat
Seagulls at Makkai Pool Bridge railing waiting for food from ongoing commuters in Surat

Try to care for these birds as they have come from far off lands possibly from the freezing cold Europe or Russia. There is not sure trace of these birds, however it is seen that every year they return to the very spot and stay for few months, before they make return to their home lands. As visitors, they bring about a beauty to our city and repeated return makes our city their favorite place. So we need to continue keeping our city clean and treat our foreign visitors with care and love as always.

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