Thiruvananthapuram: KV George, a small-scale poultry farmer from Kasargod in Kerala, has been running around for the past two years seeking compensation from the state government after some of the chickens he raised went missing.

George became concerned when he saw that the number of chickens in the chicken coop at his home was decreasing every day.

At first he suspected that someone was stealing the chickens, but one day in June 2022 he discovered that it was a thief and that it was a python.

When he saw the huge python, he immediately alerted the rangers, who came and took the python away.

The rangers then informed George that he could apply for compensation as the rare reptile was ‘State Protected’, which he promptly did. The python is given the highest protection status under Schedule I of the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972.

But his attempts to obtain compensation failed.

A year later, a distraught George raised the issue at a ‘Janata adalat’ led by a state minister. George vented his anger at the minister by stating that the snake might have belonged to the Kerala government, but the chickens he lost were his and he should be compensated for them.

The minister calmed George down but he still did not get any compensation. Finally he decided to approach the Kerala Human Rights Commission.

But before he could approach the Commission, he got a call from the Forest Department regarding compensation. He was fined Rs 2,000 for the chickens eaten by the ‘state python’.

A happy George finally felt relieved and said his efforts had paid off. In the meantime, to protect his property from the ‘state snakes’, he has reinforced his chicken coop.