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Snake catchers, Vadivel Gopal and Masi Sadaiyan getsPadma Sri from TN

Chennai, Jan 25 (BPNS)

Expert snake catchers from the Irula tribe in Tamil Nadu, Vadivel Gopal, and Masi Sadiyan were honoured with the country’s highest civilian award, the Padma Sri.

The duo, despite their lack of formal education, travels across the globe for catching snakes as well as to teach snake catchers. They use old and indigenous techniques to catch the snakes which were inherited from their forefathers.

It is to be noted that in 2017 the duo was taken to Florida for a pilot Python detection project and was funded by the  Florida university. Both Vadivel and Masi caught more than 27 Pythons from Florida.