It had drizzled in the evening and it was time for me to take Willie out for a walk. I generally used this opportunity to call my family and friends. That evening I had called my mother.
Since I did not want to go very far from the apartment complex, I decided to stand on the footpath near the lamppost, which was right opposite to the gate of my complex. I was facing the gate.
Willie was enjoying the drizzle (he loved water) and was sniffing around. I was pre-occupied with a lot of things. One – I was talking to my mom, second – I was observing all the passers by, third – I was particularly concentrating on one dog that was being dragged by a man from the gate to the footpath, fourth – I was enjoying the drizzle as well and fifth – I was holding Willie’s leash.
After about 15 minutes, I heard a hissing sound – in an increasing pitch. Without suddenly moving, I turned back, to see a small brown snake with patches on its body, right behind my left leg. It was in a charging position – ready to attack.
In a state of panic and with little knowledge about snakes, I had quickly recollected – It was a Russell viper – one of the deadliest and venomous snakes in the world. And India is a home for Russell vipers.
Within no time, the snake had charged towards my left leg, I had jumped from the footpath onto the road and I had pulled Willie along with me – All at the same time. I had acted swiftly and had missed the snakebite by fraction of seconds. After charging once, the baby snake had curled up without getting ready for a second charge.
My adrenaline had pumped in. I was shaking and shivering with fear. Had this really happened to me or was I just imagining things? In a busy city like Bangalore, how can anyone be attacked by a baby snake and that too on a casual evening stroll? Well, it had happened to me.
It had taken me about an hour or so to get back to my senses. For sure, that day God was on my side and was one of my luckiest days, where I had had a narrow escape from snakebite – snakebite from one of the venomous snakes.
P.S. The photos posted here are to provide a perspective of what I am talking about.