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Crocodile rescued, released into river

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In safe hands:The crocodile which was handed over to the forest officials in Vijayawada on Saturday.— Photo: Ch. Vijaya Bhaskar.
In safe hands:The crocodile which was handed over to the forest officials in Vijayawada on Saturday.— Photo: Ch. Vijaya Bhaskar.

A crocodile which was found in a pond by a fishermen near Huzurnagar in Nalgonda district was released into the Krishna by forest officials here on Saturday.

The fishermen who found the crocodile handed it over to a lorry driver, who in turn tried to put it in the custody of police station in Huzurnagar. However, the police suggested to the lorry owner to handover the reptile to the Ibrahimpatnam Forest Department Check Post in Krishna District.

Divisional Forest Officer P.J. Bannerjee and Range Officer BVSR Prasad told The Hindu that it was brought to the Divisional Forest Office here on Friday evening.

The crocodile was 18 months old, quite healthy and active, said Mr. Prasad, who took care of the reptile whole night and released it into Krishna river 5 k.m. from the ferry point at Ibrahimpatnam, where human intervention/activity was not there.

When the crocodile was released on Saturday morning into the river, it turned very active and jumped into the river water immediately, explained the Forest Range Officer . “It is very unusual for a crocodile to be found in a pond, but since we are not aware of the exact source, we assume it was found either in Krishna or a large pond,” said Mr. Prasad. Crocodiles are there in good number in the river, but do not come up into areas where people frequent, he added.

The reptile was found by a fisherman in a pond and was released into the Krishna by the Forest officials


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