Mullassery, Thrissur: A viper was rescued by forest department officials after it fell into a drum full of tar near the panchayat bus stand and got coated with it. The rescuers on arrival used coconut oil to clean up the snake and took it to the forest office. It will be released to the woods after two days of observation.
Autorickshaw drivers near the bus stand noted the snake in the drum first. They couldn't do anything and informed the forest department.
M A Rakesh of the Paravattani Investigation and Protection Squad, driver Abdul Rasheed and wild life protector Joju Mukkattukara joined to break up the drum and take the snake out before cleansing it.
Local people have sought cleaning up of the Hindu UP School premises next to which the snake was found. The school compound is overrun by shrubs and poses a risk to children who play there regularly.