Forest department officials in India have promised strict action after a python attacked a man when a group was trying to click a photo with the snake.
The incident took place on Friday after forest department officials removed the python from the premises of a school in northwestern Rajasthan State.
People in the group were posing for pictures with it after successfully capturing it.
Deputy Conservator of Forests, K.G. Shrivastav said the incident was unexpected as all officers were highly trained.
“I wanted the snake to be released in my presence, but the officials released it before I could reach the spot.
“I had no clue that civilians were also present at the spot and something could go wrong as all the officials are highly trained.
“Clicking selfies with the snake and releasing the photos publicly is an offence under the Wildlife Act and we will issue notice to all involved in this incident,’’ Shrivastav said.
The victim, Ashok Vishnoi, accepted that the incident happened due to carelessness on his part.
“The moment I received the news, I reached the location. I did not realise how close I was to the python and it attacked me. This is entirely my fault,” said the victim.
Vishnoi added that the mishap happened in a short span of time in spite that the rescue officials had a strong grip on the reptile.
The snake was later released.