Berhampur, August 28 (LocalWire): Forest officials today rescued a mugger, an endangered crocodile species, from a pond in Manidiha village under Ganjam
district’s Digapahandi forest range.
It was later released into the Ghodahada reserve, one of the major habitats of
muggers, near Digapahandi, said range officer (in-charge) Digapahandi, Raja Rao Subudhi.
He said fishermen spotted the mugger while fishing in the pond and informed the forest officials who rescued the five-feet-long mugger.
He said they suspect the mugger strayed into the pond from Ghodahada when the dam water overflowed. In 2017, too, some muggers were found in nearby ponds, he said.
The mugger, however, did not harm anyone, he said.
The number of crocodiles in and around the reservoir was counted at 58 last year. While 43 muggers were found in the five-sq-km reservoir, 15 others were located in nearby water bodies.
Mugger is one of the three crocodile species found in the state.
The other species are gharial and salt-water crocodile or estuarine crocodile.