Thrilling ahimsa (non-violence)! Bannerghatta, 071115

I went to meet the participants in the latest Naturalist Training Program (NTP) at JLR Bannerghatta.

As I was returning to the bus terminus in the JLR vehicle, I noticed this mongoose on a side lane in the Herbivore Safari area.

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It was very still, and suddenly, Radha, who was with me, said, “It’s looking at a snake!” And so it was…

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However, even as we watched, the mongoose suddenly decided that it didn’t want a confrontation.
The two parted ways..amicably!

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The rat snake then emerged on to the road.

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I felt that the very size of it, observed by the alert mongoose, might have given it pause and resulted in the decision of “ahimsa”!

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Unmolested, the snake crossed the path and went on its way.

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A thrilling almost-drama that was a drama in itself! Truly, nature and wildlife spring surprises.

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