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Wildlife experts say Babiya is a mugger crocodile and temple offerings-- primarily rice and slices of banana and puffed rice-- can be its food supplement. They say in the wild, muggers survive on fish, rodents and reptiles and at times big prey.(HT PHOTO.)

‘Vegetarian’ croc makes surprise entry into Kerala temple, retreats after request from priest

Hindustan Times, Thiruvananthapuram | By Ramesh Babu | Edited by Sohini Sarkar
UPDATED ON OCT 21, 2020 06:00 PM IST
Nobody has any idea how the crocodile came to the temple pond and who named it. But old timers say it has been in the temple pond for more than 70 years and has never had any history of wild behaviour. Babiya’s diet is reported to be offerings from the temple.
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