Kendrapara: A 5.7 foot-long male estuarine crocodile that had strayed from Bhitarkanika river system into a community pond was caught alive by forest personnel much to the relief of residents of a village in Kendrapara district.
A 3.5 foot-long female estuarine crocodile that had strayed from Bhitarkanika river system into a village pond was caught alive by forest personnel much to the relief of residents of a village in Kendrapara district.
The croc had sneaked into the pond in Bankuala village under Rajnagar tehsil to eat fish and aquatic species.
The reptile had got entangled in the fishing net spread out by the local inland fishermen. After spotting the reptile webbed in the net, locals including fishermen got panicked and informed the police and forest officials. Later we captured it alive. The crocodile is safe and no injury was caused to it while it was captured by skilled wildlife staffs of the forest department, said a forest official Bijoy Kumar Patra.
The croc had strayed into the water-body from salt-water creeks of Bhitarkanika. It would have left for its original place of habitation sooner or the later.
The crocodile was later released the animal in the wild of Bhitarkanika river system, he said.
People mostly living on fishing activities were left panic-stricken following the intrusion of crocodile.
“We are relieved a lot as the crocodile has been warded off from the pond. We were frightened sighting the croc in the water body. Never before crocodiles were spotted in water bodies from these areas” said a local Madan Behera.
The water-bodies traversing through the village owe its connectivity to saltwater river system of Bhitarkanika national park. The water contents of water-inlets creeks in these areas are marked by salinity. That’s why; the animals might have strayed into the water-bodies during high tide.
The crocs used to stray in search of food and would leave the place for their original habitat within a few days as per their natural instinct, said the wildlife personnel.