A 10-year-old boy, showing courage and presence of mind, scared away a large python after being bitten by it in Karnataka's Mannagudda. Sankalp G Pai, a Class 5 student of Canara School in Urwa, was on his way to a temple near his house on Wednesday evening when the snake, which came out from a sewage pipeline, caught hold of his right leg. Without losing his cool, the boy kicked the snake's head with his other leg shaking it off after a struggle, even as the python bit him to get a better grip.
Speaking to the Times of India, the boy's father Gopalakrishna, who works as a baker, said that Sankalp usually visits the Urvi Krishna Math located near his home and light lamps. To get to the math, he has to cross a stormwater drain, and it so happened that the mesh covering the drain had broken.
On Wednesday, when Sankalp was on his way to the math around 7 pm, he tried to cross the drain, unaware of the snake that had probably crept out of the drain. The python suddenly caught hold of Sankalpâ€™s right leg. Gopalakrishna said that a struggle ensued for about five minutes and throughout, Sankalp tried to kick the python away with his left leg. After a while, the python released him and slid back into the pipe. Sankalp sustained injuries in his right leg but immediately alerted the people in the neighbourhood. The local people brought a snake catcher who rescued the python, which was still hiding inside the pipe.
The snake was later taken to the Pilikula Biological Park. The boyâ€™s father said Sankalpâ€™s snake bite wound is healing. The boy's presence of mind has become a topic of discussion on social media.
(With PTI inputs)