Siliguri : A forest guard in West Bengal is facing the heat of the animal rights activists after he posed with a rescued King Cobra. The forest guard’s photo of him posing with a rescued king cobra around his neck got circulated in social media. A departmental enquiry has been initiated against the guard.
“An enquiry has been initiated against the forest guard,” Kumar Vimal, divisional forest officer, Jaldapara National Park said. The incident happened in Alipurduar district near the border with Bhutan. “The forest staffs are experienced and skilled in catching poisonous snakes and dangerous animals. However, posing with a venomous snake for the camera is never a good idea and could be extremely dangerous,” added the DFO.
Wildlife activists pointed out that such an act by the forest department employees also defeat the campaign of the department that the common people should not harass or irritate animals in the wild or in a zoo.