In a rare incidence, a two-headed cobra was rescued from Kalsi forest division of Dehradun district in Uttarakhand.
It was rescued by snake catcher Adil Mirza, who works with the Uttarakhand's forest department, from an industrial unit premises in Vikas Nagar area on Thursday. The snake is around one-and-a-half feet long.
Vipul Maurya, wildlife expert from Wildlife Institute of India, said it is a very rare specimen.
Mirza said the cobra seems less than two weeks old. Such specimen is also called bicephally and is caused by some genetic mutation, Maurya mentioned.
BB Martolia, DFO Kalsi, informed that the rare cobra has been sent to a rescue centre at the Dehradun zoo.
Martolia further mentioned that the veterinary doctors will check the snake and will decide whether to release or keep it for a study.
Maurya also shared that as very little is known about such snakes, it is difficult to tell whether they survive in the wild or not.