Meet Sharanya from Mangaluru who rescues snakes to put them back in the wild

Daijiworld Media Network - Mangaluru (SP)

Mangaluru, Jan 20: Most of the people are scared to death at the sight of snakes, and girls in particular always make it a point to keep away from snakes. There is a girl in the city who has rescued over a hundred poisonous snakes so far. Sharanya, a student who is pursuing her BSc degree course, has the courage and skill needed to handle and rescue poisonous snakes.

Sharanya Bhat, a resident of Ashoknagar here who is in her final year BSc degree at St Aloysius College here, has insatiable interest in snakes, frogs etc. Whenever she gets information about snakes having been sighted in the city or elsewhere, she rushes there, rescues the snake and releases it into the forest. She has tamed all sorts of snakes including common krait, python, rattlesnake, serpents etc so far.

Her friends, who knew about her interest in snakes, had called Sharanya two years back about having sighted a common krait near Bejai. Sharanya went there and succeeded in meeting the first ever challenge in this sector. Sharanya has also been studying about the varieties of snakes and frogs. She was trained in the art and skills of catching poisonous snakes by Snake Joy, Ujire while Atul Pai, a snake expert from Ashoknagar here, has been supporting her interests. She is guided on the issue of species of frogs by Dr Vineeth Kumar Mangaluru while Dr Varad Giri is guiding her about snakes. She goes on trekking trips on holidays with environment lovers to hilly areas including Western Ghats to study nature and animals. She is a resource person in programmes held all over the state where information is given in different places in the state about animals and birds.

Even though she was born and brought up in a city, Sharanya visits the house of her grandparents in Kokkada whenever she gets time. From a young age, she used to roam around hills, fields etc and collect information about frogs and snakes. Her grandfather, Prakash Balthillaya, used to advise her against harming or killing animals. Sharanya says that this advice gave rise to love in her heart about animals, reptiles, and birds.

Sharanya reminds that like humans, animals and birds too have the right to live on earth and none of them are dangerous for the people. She says that the art of handling them should be learnt. She plans to get an MSc degree on wildlife conservation after which her interest is to join the forest department and serve the cause dear to her, of conserving nature, animals and birds.

Atul Pai from Mangaluru is appreciative of Sharanya's interest in conservation of wildlife and nature. He says she is quite courageous and the way in which she works and uses her skills she puts to work when catching the snakes are appreciable. He says he has been guiding her and she accompanies during his visits to rescue snakes. He says that Sharanya, who is studying about snakes and frogs even when being a degree student, richly deserves to be encouraged.






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  • Eric Castelino, Mangalore

    Sat, Jan 22 2022

    Yesterday, I had an unique experience of identifying a snake which was in my compound looking like a venomous one with the help of “ Snake Joy “ of Ujire This happened on 21-01-2022 evening around 9.00 PM. I contacted him from Mangalore on mobile, he was in Ujire at that time advised assured and helped me to identify. It was a Sand Boas snake. A Wonderful person. I thank him a lot through this message

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  • Jayantha, Bangalore

    Fri, Jan 21 2022

    Nature belongs to all... so HMC Association must support and fund such volunteers

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  • Anand Kumar, Mangalore

    Fri, Jan 21 2022

    Can we have her contact details.l? I live in an area where snakes are sighted very often. I am not ashamed to say snakes make my hair stand on end.

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  • Akysayed, Karwar

    Thu, Jan 20 2022

    Great to hear the news about Sharanya. Kudos to her in catching snakes and leaving them in forests. May she have the blessings of her elders and of all people who have encouraged her.

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  • Subhash Chandra, Mangalore

    Thu, Jan 20 2022

    The answer is simple - train them young & the possibilities are outstanding. its all about experience and practice that stared at very young age

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  • Rajan, Mangalore

    Thu, Jan 20 2022

    Anything to do with reptiles with bare hands is always a danger - Hope adequate safety measures are taken-- Gloves- Snake handling - devices etc etc -- EVEN -- The very popular -- TV series -- Discovery channel -- etc etc -- Stephen Robert Irwin, nicknamed "The Crocodile Hunter", - unfortunately died tragically -- Stingray’s barb --

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  • Jd, Mlr

    Thu, Jan 20 2022

    Wow girl, impressive. May you be blessed in your noble thoughts and actions

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  • vishwadeepak, mangalore/dxb

    Thu, Jan 20 2022

    now that's called brave ! be safe ..let everything come good to daughter of India! have a great future first!!

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  • Jesse, Mangalore/Poland

    Thu, Jan 20 2022

    Miss sharanya be careful everyday is not Sunday!many experts in snake catching died recent past. Therefore carry antivenom with you always. This is my advice.

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  • RonRon, Udupi

    Thu, Jan 20 2022

    Perfect advise.....

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  • Anwar, Mangaluru

    Thu, Jan 20 2022

    Sharanya, good time to tell your friends that Snakes actually don't drink milk.

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  • Shetty, mangalore

    Thu, Jan 20 2022

    Anwar, you are saying this by communal mind by referring Nagara Panchami. So I would like to say here "No 72 girls in heaven too". In fact you have forced me to say this.

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  • Anwar, Mangaluru

    Thu, Jan 20 2022

    I apologize if you felt that way! Never even thought of Nagarapanchami, I just wanted to say go on busting myths about Snakes.

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  • Ajay Rebello, Kallianpur

    Thu, Jan 20 2022

    Kudos to Sharanya. It is dangerous work and you can take antivenom only once per snake breed, hope she takes all the precautions.

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  • Daniel, Udupi

    Thu, Jan 20 2022

    Great Girl. Like this acts to be published daily of many under "Daily Hero's/ Heroin's" WOW at least here some good news with inspirational act to many.

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  • John Tauro, M'lore

    Thu, Jan 20 2022

    Wish Sharanya Bhat every success in her unique endeavours and her chosen career.

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  • Flavian, Mangalore/Kuwait

    Thu, Jan 20 2022

    Bold & beauty ! Snake charmer model. (one in a Million)

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  • Akil, Udupi/Bengaluru

    Thu, Jan 20 2022

    Happy to read about Sharanya Bhat. Great Inspiration to others to chase their dreams, aspirations, interests and not just blindly studying for the purpose of studying and getting a job. All the best Sharanya. Good Luck

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  • rolf, Dubai

    Thu, Jan 20 2022

    UP is the best place.

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  • Shetty, Kudla

    Thu, Jan 20 2022

    Brave girl..

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