Bhubaneswar: An eight-foot critically injured Burmese python underwent a Computed Tomography or CT scan during treatment in Bhubaneswar on Sunday. The CT scan, which took place at a private clinic, is likely the first of its kind conducted on a snake in India, says Subhendu Mallik of Snake Helpline.
The injured reptile was discovered in Keonjhar district’s Anandpur, some 130 km away from Bhubaneswar four days ago. It was rescued by the Forest department and handed over to Snake Helpline, an organisation made up of 60 volunteers that focuses on the health of snakes and assists in snake rescues in Odisha.
The python was brought to the College of Veterinary Science of Odisha University of Agriculture & Technology (OUAT) in a critical condition by Forest Range Officer of Anandpur Mihir Patnaik on Friday.
An initial X-ray did not reveal much about the nature of injuries sustained.
Subsequently, the python was kept under the supervision of Snake Helpline.