When most people stumble upon a snake, their natural inclination is to run in the opposite direction. If it’s dead, you typically shrug your shoulders and go about your day-to-day activities. If it’s dying, you pretty much do the same thing as if it were dead. Life goes on.

For one conservationist in India, however, you pick it up — in this case, “it” being a five-and-a-half-foot cobra — and rush it to the vet. Vava Suresh stumbled across the injured snake at a construction site on the outskirts of Thiruvananthapuram, where a bulldozer ran over it, causing its intestines to pop out.

Thankfully, Rajeswari T., senior surgeon at the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty against Animals (SPCA) Hospital, was on hand to perform the life-saving operation. The procedure took about two hours, which involved fixing the two areas where the intestines had ruptured, and placing them back in the snake’s body. “The surgery wasn’t really complicated,” said Rajeswari, “but operations such as these rarely happen.”

The verdict? Full recovery. You know, assuming the snake gets the “complete bed rest” recommended by the vet and remembers to get its antibiotics and pain killers on a daily basis. It will need about a week to fully recover, and the injections will be given on the side, near the spine.

Sadly, the little guy (or girl) will not be able to eat until it has made a complete recovery.