Fishermen net crocodile
FISHERMEN, FISHING in the Upper Lake in front of the Museum of Man this morning, were in for a scary surprise when they caught a huge crocodile in their nets.india Updated: Mar 10, 2006 16:40 IST
FISHERMEN, FISHING in the Upper Lake in front of the Museum of Man this morning, were in for a scary surprise when they caught a huge crocodile in their nets.
The startled fishermen immediately informed the Van Vihar authorities about the uncommon catch and a rescue team from the National Park rushed to the spot.
The reptile was rescued safely at about 10.30 am and brought to the Van Vihar where it has been kept alone in a separate pond. ‘This animal is a crocodile with a long snout and it has been rescued safely,’ Van Vihar National Park Director A K Bhattacharya told the Hindustan Times. He added that contrary to the common perception, it was not an alligator even though it had a long nose.
Park’s veterinarian Dr Anil Sharma informed that the animal was an adult female. ‘It measures almost 3.5 meters from nose to tail and is more than 10 years old,’ Dr Sharma informed. The crocodile does not have any injuries and is in good health, he added.
‘We have kept it in a separate pond as part of quarantine procedure and it might be kept there for about two months,’ Dr Sharma said. He said that all new animals were kept separately for some time immediately after their arrival to the park to make them used to the habitat.
Dr Sharma said the Upper Lake and its adjoining areas up to Sehore were a good habitat for crocodiles. ‘We cannot say for certain whether there could be more crocodiles in the area or not but the habitat is definitely suitable for them,’ Dr Sharma maintained.