Meet the strong lady who caught a 20 kg python so coolly
Kochi: No snake can cause a headache to the staff at Navy quarters as long as there is Vidya to catch them easily. A giant python weighing 20 kg was spotted at Tharangini apartment near high court on Wednesday by 8 am.
The python was lying beneath a tree on the apartment premises. The Navy officers called Vidya immediately. Vidya and her husband NVS Raju, a retired Command Education and Welfare Officer at Kochi Naval Base, arrived at the place.
“Everyone were tensed, but I simply caught the snake. Navy officers and security guards also helped a little bit. Not even 30 minutes was taken to carry the snake,” Vidya said. As the snake was heavy, it took a while to put it inside the sack. Later, she handed over the python to forest officers.
Vidya is not catching snake for the first time. She had caught poisonous snakes from various places and handed over to forest officials. But she is not a professional snake catcher. A Bihar native, Vidya befriended snakes with her love for nature and animals.
The 60-year-old is a postgraduate in economics and also holds a B.Ed. degree. Her son Saurabh is a lieutenant commandant in Southern Naval Command and daughter Shweta is an HR consultant in Bengaluru.
“I don’t hesitate to catch snake no matter when people call me. The job is completed only after handing over the snake to forest officers,” Vidya said.
“I have also caught snakes at houses. Some families would offer money, but I would humbly reject it. It was my father who made me love nature and animals. Every time I catch a snake, I remember my father’s words – all are God’s creations, learn to respect them,” she added.