Jajpur, October 19 (LocalWire): Forest officials on Saturday released the four-foot-long salt-water crocodile that was trapped in the fishing gear.
The frightened fisherman who caught the reptile from river Kharosotra near village Rajaghat in Jajpur district, along with other locals released the crocodile in a small pond and informed the forest officials.
On receiving the information, the forest officials rushed to the spot and roped the reptile after netting it from the pond.
It was later released in the river Patasala within Bhitarkanika National Park.
“The crocodile had strayed into river Kharosotra from the water bodies of the park,” Cuttack Divisional Forest Officer (DFO) Sudrashan Patra said.
“When I saw it after its capture I couldn’t believe my eyes. It was big enough to swallow a man all at once,” a local from Rajaghat Ganya Behera said.
Many locals also took the opportunity to pose beside the captured crocodile before it was driven off by forest officials to Bhitarkanika.
“The villagers were surprised how a giant crocodile managed to enter the river Kharosotra around 50 km from Bhitarkanika. We suspect that the crocodile would have been carried away by high tide. We released it safely in the river Patasala. It did not attack humans and was not injured while being captured,” the forest officer stated.
Many locals, however, point out that the population of crocodiles has reached a saturation point in Bhitarkanika leading to the straying of crocodiles into faraway rivers and water bodies.